There are many cases in which advanced pet diagnostic care is required for treatment, such as the detection of a foreign body or a disease. Advanced Pet Care of Clear Lake is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to allow our doctors to handle both minor and major internal medicine cases. For your convenience—and that of your pet—we offer a full in-house laboratory, digital pet X-rays, dental pet X-rays, and in-house and mobile ultrasound.
Dr. Rush regularly attends continuing education courses to stay updated on the latest advancements in veterinary medicine, including diagnostics. In the event that your pet’s care requires the hands-on care of a specialist, we maintain a great working relationship with specialists in a variety of disciplines to provide the best possible care for your beloved companion.
Full In-house Laboratory
We can perform a number of tests in our in-house laboratory, with results available in just 15 minutes for emergency cases and pets that are critically ill. We also have the option to send samples to an outside laboratory, with twice daily pickup, to ensure same-day or next-day results. The sooner results can be returned, the sooner conditions like diabetes and heartworm disease can be detected and treated. Some of the tests we can perform include:
- Blood tests
- Fecal exams
- Pet X-rays (Radiography)
Pets between one and six years of age should have their blood tested once a year so we can check for heartworm disease. Since senior pets are more prone to injury and disease, they should come to us every six months for a full evaluation—this includes a physical exam and comprehensive blood work. Only by running blood tests can we understand how your pet is functioning internally, and detect problems such as diabetes and hyperthyroidism.
Pet X-rays (Radiography)
Our facility features the Sound-Eklin digital X-ray unit, which can be used to detect fractures, foreign bodies, and other conditions involving the bones and organs. Sound-Eklin is the leader in digital imaging systems in both human and animal medicine. All pet X-rays are read by a board-certified veterinary radiologist after our initial assessment, and a report is sent to us to be included in your pet’s records. Some of the benefits of digital pet X-rays include:
- Fast image production
- Images are clearer than film images
- No harsh chemicals are used during image production
- Images can be easily enhanced
- Digital images can be easily emailed in seconds
We also have a pet dental X-ray unit to view below the gum line, which is where most dental problems are found.
Our in-house and mobile pet ultrasound units are designed to examine pets internally in real time using sound waves. All pet ultrasounds are performed by an experienced sonographer and interpreted by a specialist. Ultrasounds can detect a number of conditions, including pregnancy and masses or tumors.