A urinalysis is a common part of routine health screening. A urinalysis evaluates a urine sample for evidence of disease, many of which show in the urine prior to any outward symptoms. Common causes of abnormalities in urinalysis can stem from urinary tract or kidney infections, stones, kidney failure, and screening for chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. It is often combined with blood tests to investigate the findings of a urine sample and get a definitive diagnosis.
Our state-of-the-art digital X-ray unit produces sharp, high-quality diagnostic images of your pet, enabling our veterinarians and staff to make a fast, accurate diagnosis. X-rays are useful in evaluating several areas of your pet’s body, including the muscular-skeletal system, the gastrointestinal tract, the heart and lungs, and the reproductive system.
Another diagnostic tool that we utilize at IPVH is ultrasound. Veterinarians can use different types of imaging (such as radiographs (X-rays), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to provide different images of the internal tissues. While CT and MRI units are rarely seen outside of large specialty hospital practices, ultrasound is used at many general practices, such as ours, on a daily basis.
Ultrasound uses sound waves transmitted through the body to create an image of the internal organ architecture. This is a non-invasive modality with no side effects. We do sometimes utilize sedation to allow for the best image capturing. Indy Paws uses this technology to improve our ability to provide rapid diagnostic abilities.