We use our in-house lab regularly for annual blood work as well as disease screening. Annual blood work is necessary for tracking your pet’s health overtime and establishing their baseline levels. Baseline levels help us more easily detect subtle changes that could indicate disease.
Tests we may run include:
- Complete blood cell count (CBCs)
- Blood chemistry panels
- Fecal exam
- Heartworm test
- Tick-borne disease screening
- Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus tests
- Cytology (skin tests)
- And more
At West Suburban Animal Hospital, we use digital radiology to develop images of your pet’s internal structures. We frequently use this procedure for our older patients during their check-up appointments as well as before surgery in order to assess their heart and lungs. Digital radiology vastly outperforms its film predecessor by taking crystal-clear images in moments all with far less radiation exposure for your pet. Plus, the images developed are digital, which means images can be shared easily between our colleagues for second opinions, as well as you for your records!
We use digital radiology to diagnose the following:
- Joint injuries
- Orthopedic conditions
- Foreign body ingestion
- Abdominal obstructions
- Bladder and kidney stones
- Dental disease
- And more
Ultrasound helps us visualize your pet’s internal structures in motion. It uses ultrasonic sound waves to create a 2D image of your pet’s organs, joints, and cavities. Ultrasound helps us assess the health of organs, including the heart. When ultrasound is used to assess the heart, the procedure is called an echocardiogram. Our ultrasound machine also uses Doppler radar to measure blood flow direction and velocity which helps us diagnose blockages, heartworm disease, high blood pressure and more.
Endoscopic surgery uses scopes going through small incisions or natural body openings in order to diagnose and treat disease. Another popular term for this is minimally invasive surgery (MIS), which emphasizes that diagnosis and treatments can be done with greatly reduced intrusion into the body.
Minimally invasive procedures offered at WSAH include:
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LOVE the doctors and staff at West Suburban. They take such good care of my three fur babies: Max, Roxy & Sophie.