Performing preventive 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. With timely access to precise laboratory testing –blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations, bacterial culture sensitivity, and more–it is easier to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.
Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital has a fully equipped in-house laboratory. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes. We also utilize a comprehensive outside laboratory that can perform more in-depth tests and can have results back often within a day.
Our In-House Laboratory
When performing routine wellness examinations or diagnosing an illness, what our veterinarians can't see is as important, if not more important, than what they can see.
Because protecting your pet's health is our most important job, we have an in-house diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform a wide range of tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to these precise test results, it would be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health. Test results can also help us in the early detection of diseases and other conditions affecting the health and well-being of your pet.
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 diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference. Diagnostic laboratory testing is also completed prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia.
Laboratory testing provides information about your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. Thanks to our in-house diagnostic laboratory and our outside laboratory testing, we can deliver your pet's test results quickly - often within a few minutes - minimizing the time you need to wait for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Annual wellness blood and urine tests, along with other diagnostics, also assist us in the early detection of diseases and health conditions
Radiology – Our X-Ray Services
Radiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, and other areas of the body. A X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound and laboratory testing, x-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian. Our radiographs can also easily be sent to a board-certified radiologist for second opinions.
Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure that we use to evaluate your pet's internal organs. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet's health. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet's organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone. We use an ultrasound service provider to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of your pet's abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram), and diagnose pregnancy. It can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies. One of the most important uses for ultrasound technology is to observe your pet's abdominal organs, including the liver, stomach, spleen, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, bladder, uterus, and prostate. We offer this procedure in our office when needed for your convenience.
We believe ultrasound is best performed by professionals who are specifically trained in its use and then the results read by a board-certified radiologist or cardiologist. The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment and minimize your worry and stress.
Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital
1261 West County Rd E
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Phone Number: 651-636-2883
Fax Number: 651-628-9133