Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
We use technologies such as electromagnetic radiation to conduct diagnostic imaging procedures on your pet's internal structures.
At Summerville Animal Hospital, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound.
With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we can efficiently produce accurate information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options to you.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Phenix City
We can perform tests and get results quickly using our in-house laboratory so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Phenix City is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
Using the in-house veterinary diagnostic technology in our lab, we can conduct testing that will allow our vets to provide an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
Using a radiograph (digital x-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is a safe, painless diagnostic procedure. Since it only uses very low doses of radiation, even pregnant female pets and very young pets can undergo this procedure.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, and some tumors.
The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
Using ultrasound imaging, we expose part of your pet's body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of your pet's body.
Because we capture ultrasound images in real-time, we can see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner.
- Surgical Lasers
Summerville Animal Hospital is proud to be able to offer our patients surgical lasers as a treatment option during surgical procedures at our facility.
The benefits of laser surgery are many, but the most notable is that it decreases pain. Not only does this make for an easier recovery time, but there will also likely be less scarring than with traditional stainless steel scalpels.
Nearly any soft tissue procedure may be performed using surgical lasers. Routine procedures like spays and neuters are common as well as the removal of masses from the skin or eyelids. Our vets will be sure to explain whether or not they recommend laser surgery as a treatment option for your pet.
At our vet lab serving our Phenix City clients, we can run a number of both common and specialized blood tests on pets to determine and monitor their health as well as diagnose illnesses.
Some of the most common veterinary blood tests we do are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a critical diagnostic test used to provide us with insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to assess the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also help detect issues in other organ systems and is important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Phenix City.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any GI infections that could be compromising your pet's health and even the health of your family. Fecals allow your vet to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your dog or cat is suffering from periodontal disease, much of this damage will occur below their gum line and won't easily be detectable to the naked eye. Digital dental X-rays help our vets to assess your pet's oral and overall health in these situations.
Digital X-Rays are safer for your pet. They allow our team of veterinary professionals to examine the roots, bones, and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.
With digital X-Rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-Ray technology. We can see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully evaluate each tooth.
This technology allows your Phenix City vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.