Prairie Lane Veterinary Hospital is equipped with a wide variety of diagnostic tools available to identify the nature of a pet’s medical condition. Our medical team is highly trained in accurately interpreting results and determining an appropriate care plan for your pet. All laboratory tests necessary to diagnose your pet’s illness are available and performed by accredited laboratories that maintain the highest quality control standards and consistently deliver accurate results.
Blood work is a key component of preventive care. At Prairie Lane Veterinary Hospital, we use blood work to diagnose sick pets and ensure a pet is healthy enough for anesthesia. Blood work also provides valuable insight into your pet’s immune system, blood clotting ability, and the presence of infection.
Complete Blood Count is used for wellness screenings, routine blood work, and is typically run early in the diagnostic process. This blood test measures the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in your pet’s body, which allows us to identify health concerns such as anemia, infection, and dehydration.
A chemistry profile is used to assess organ functioning, particularly the pancreas, kidneys, and liver. It also shows blood sugar levels and the number of electrolytes in a pet’s body.
Digital radiography is advanced imaging technology that allows us to quickly capture clear and detailed x-ray images of your pet’s internal systems. This state-of-the-art addition to our diagnostic equipment allows for better resolution and greater detail in the radiographs taken here at Prairie Lane Veterinary Hospital. This process is non-invasive and painless.
At Prairie Lane Veterinary Hospital, we commonly use digital radiography to diagnose bone breaks and fractures, intestinal blockages, tumors, bladder stones, arthritis, and more. The radiographs can also be read by a board certified radiologist and the report is usually available within 3 hours. The confidence we have in the expert radiologist will allow for more accurate diagnosis with precise treatment in a timely manner.
Ultrasonography is a diagnostic imaging technique that allows us to see, and even listen to, internal body structures. It is important in making an accurate diagnosis of many heart and abdominal conditions and also gives us that ability to further examine vital organs and other anatomies such as joints, bones, tendons, muscles, and more. This technology allows us to keep pets comfortable during the procedure, provides clear, high-resolution images and sound in real-time, and there is no exposure to radiation.
Dr. Robert Krapfl, an ultrasonographer with both experience and confidence in his diagnosis, performs all of our ultrasounds and echocardiograms.
A fiber-optic endoscopy/colonoscopy unit is available to help diagnose gastrointestinal disease, take biopsies, and retrieve foreign bodies from the GI tract. Dr. Lackovic directs these endoscopic examinations and biopsies are submitted to a board-certified veterinary pathologist for interpretation.
An echocardiogram takes an ultrasound of the heart. This allows our team of veterinary professionals to examine the heart chambers, heart valves, heart walls, and blood flow.
Electrocardiography checks a pet’s heart health and functioning by measuring heart rhythms and impulses. This advanced imaging technique is painless and non-invasive. Our medical team is trained to gently place pets on their side while positioning electrodes on the body. Results are quickly produced and shared with you.