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Our veterinary hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment which enables us to facilitate a more rapid analysis, and therefore treatment, of your pet's condition.
Radiographs, or x-rays, help our veterinarians evaluate musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. The image quality of a digital x-ray is much higher than a film x-ray. We are able to view the x-ray almost immediately so we can diagnose and treat your pet rapidly. Radiation exposure to your pet is minimized because we use far less radiation for digital radiography. We can also send your pet's images to a board-certified radiologist for a second opinion when needed.
Digital Dental Radiology
Digital dental radiology allows us to visualize the internal structure of your pet's teeth along with the roots and surrounding bone. Sixty percent of animal's teeth lie below the gum line. These highly detailed x-rays allow us to diagnose bone loss or hidden dental disease that may be present in the tooth roots and jawbone areas that may need advanced treatment. The digital images are displayed on the computer screen within a few seconds following exposure, reducing the amount of time your dog or cat is under safe, general anesthesia.
Ultrasound equipment aids us in diagnosing many dog and cat health conditions. Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive and safe tool allowing visualization of tissues not otherwise possible. It produces an image through high frequency sound waves aimed at a certain area of the body. Ultrasound is frequently utilized by the veterinarians at Eagan Pet Clinic to diagnose conditions such as liver disease, pancreatitis, masses or tumors in the abdomen, thickening or abnormalities of the intestines, and bladder stones or tumors. In some cases the ultrasound images are sent to a board certified radiologist to aid our doctors in diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Endoscopy allows our veterinarians to visually examine your pet's gastrointestinal (esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines) tract without invasive exploratory surgery. It is a minimally-invasive technique and allows for direct visualization and sampling of your pet's gastrointestinal system. This allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon. In some cases, foreign objects may be removed without the need for surgery. Endoscopy is often utilized to diagnose diseases of the gastrointestinal tract such as inflammatory bowel disease or cancer although in some cases such as with cats who may be too small for endoscopy, surgery may be needed to get a more accurate diagnosis.
Our on-site laboratory allows for most screening tests to be completed within a very short period of time. Blood chemistry profiles, urinalysis, complete blood counts, and pre-surgical screenings are among the many tests where results are available very quickly. We also routinely look at cells from masses to evaluate for possible underlying cancers. Reliable independent veterinary laboratories are utilized for other tests when deemed appropriate and most test results are available the next business day. In-house cultures are also performed with results being available the next day in order to help guide appropriate antibiotic therapy.