At Providence Animal Hospital, our laboratory and diagnostic services in Charlotte, including ultrasound and digital x-rays, ensure your pet receives the best possible veterinary care in-house.
In-House Veterinary Laboratory
Our in-house laboratory allow us to perform tests and get results quickly, so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and start treatment as soon as possible. We can run a variety of tests including:
- Complete Blood Counts
- Blood Chemistry Panels
- Heartworm Detection
- Fecal Exams
- Intestinal Parasite Testing
- Electrolyte Evaluation
- Cytology (Skin & Ear)
- Feline Leukemia
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
Our pharmacy is stocked with a range of medications and prescription diets, giving us quick access to any medications your pets may need while in our care. You can also fill and refill your pet’s prescriptions during your visits or at your convenience.
Diagnostic imaging is the use of electromagnetic radiation and other technologies to produce highly detailed images of the internal structures of your pet's body to help provide an accurate diagnosis.
At Providence Animal Hospital, we offer digital x-rays and ultrasound so we can learn what's happening inside your pet and provide you with the most efficient treatment options.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive technology that uses sound waves transmitted into the body to create an image that allows your vet to look at the architecture of an organ.
With ultrasound, fluid can be distinguished from soft tissue masses or foreign bodies, which can be difficult to do with a digital x-ray.
This makes the ultrasound useful in the diagnosis patients for hemoabdomen and pericardial effusion (blood in the abdomen and around the heart).
When a pet has a tumor or ingests something it shouldn’t have, an ultrasound can also be helpful to locate the objects and characterize them.
Radiography (Digital X-Rays)
A radiograph, or x-ray, is a type of photograph that can look inside the body and reveal information that may not be discernible from the outside.
Radiography is painless, safe, and completely non-invasive, and uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo radiography.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs and diagnose conditions including bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, spinal cord diseases and some tumors.