Performing preventative medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results — blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations, bacterial culture sensitivity, and more — it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.
This is why we maintain an advanced in-house laboratory and regularly perform tests during your pet's wellness exams or when we suspect your pet may have a health issue. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities provide us with test results within minutes.
For example, diagnostic testing can detect heartworm disease, Lyme disease, infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, and many additional diseases and conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. Early blood testing can show evidence of disease such as diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference. Diagnostic testing is also included in pre-anesthetic screenings prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia. Annual wellness blood and urine tests, along with other diagnostics, assist us in the early detection of diseases and health conditions.
ECG (Electrocardiographic Studies)
An electrocardiograph (ECG) is a snapshot of how your pet's heart functions. ECGs are very helpful at detecting numerous types of arrhythmias as well as a handful of other cardiac conditions that cannot be diagnosed with a stethoscope during a regular physical examination. You probably have seen an ECG machine or have had one done in your doctor's office as they are commonly used to test for common heart conditions in humans.
An ECG is a completely noninvasive, painless procedure that involves placing several electrodes on your pet's skin. The machine reads the electrical impulses coming from your pet's heart. The graph-like results produced by the ECG machine allow our veterinarians to diagnose numerous cardiac conditions. If any abnormalities are detected, we will consult with you to organize the right course of action for your pet.
Providing you with an accurate and timely diagnosis is very important to all the veterinarians at MAH. On the occasions when we require assistance to provide your pet with the best medical care, we have the ability to use veterinary telemedicine consultants, to help us evaluate X-rays. We also consult with a cardiologist for the interpretation of ECGs.