The in-house veterinary laboratory at Hemlock Bluffs Animal Hospital of Holly Springs features diagnostic testing for the following:
- Bloodwork: CBC, Chemistry Panel, T4, FELV/FIV testing
- Urinalysis and Sediment examination
- Cytology of skin & ear samples
- Fecal testing for intestinal parasites
- Occult heartworm, Lymes, Erhlichia testing
- Parvo tests
- Feline heartworm Ag tests
Radiology is a frequently used diagnostic tool which provides Hemlock Bluffs Animal Hospital veterinarians with a view of the internal body systems and the skeletal system.
Hemlock Bluffs Animal Hospital of Holly Springs has an on site radiology suite that enables us to quickly develop your pet's radiographs or x-rays and ensure excellent quality.
All X-rays are imaged digitally and archived in our computer system, allowing us to view them at any time and email them if necessary to specialists or referral facilities.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive modern technique that produces a visual imprint of the interior of the body. Unlike conventional X-rays which can cause harm if used excessively, recent evidence shows that ultrasound is completely free from these side-effects. In addition, ultrasound allows the doctor to achieve a depth of detail that is not possible with X-rays.
Cardiac Ultrasound (Echocardiography)
Echocardiography is a standard non-invasive technique for assessing cardiac anatomy, pathology and function. High-frequency sound waves produced from a hand-held device are directed at the heart. The sound waves are reflected back to the machine and an image is produced. This image is transmitted to a video monitor where it can be seen. The image may be still or moving.
Ultrasound uses sound waves, which have no obvious harmful effects, is non-invasive, painless, and uses no dies. It is perfect for diagnosing many types of heart problems.
The heart is a very complex organ. It has four valves, an electrical conduction system, and four chambers, all of which are crucial to its function. As in people, animals suffer from a wide variety of heart diseases. In order to correctly diagnose and treat these diseases, it is necessary to see inside the heart, visualize the movement of the chambers, and to look at the valves in motion. This is the area where ultrasound predominates. Using ultrasound, it is possible to watch the heart in motion and to measure each of its' parts. Ultrasound also allows the doctor or technician to measure the actual physical effects of various heart medications and to carefully adjust dosages.
Most heart diseases are very treatable, and in most cases, animals can live normal lives once the nature of their condition is under control.
Abdominal ultrasound allows the user to fully examine the liver, gallbladder, spleen, adrenal glands, pancreas, kidneys, urinary bladder, and parts of the stomach and intestines. Ultrasound examination of these organs is crucial when a diagnosis depends upon seeing inside an organ, or when surgery or anesthesia would not be desirable. Abdominal ultrasound is completely painless, and generally can be performed using no anesthesia or sedation. Abdominal ultrasound has revolutionized the study of liver diseases, and is crucial to treating many types of cancer.