In-House Veterinary  Diagnostics For Your Pet

Early detection is key when it comes to treating your pet, and Orchard Veterinary Care offers complete in-house diagnostics including cutting-edge equipment and an on-site laboratory. This saves time, money, and most importantly, you don’t have to wait overnight for results—meaning your pet gets a diagnosis and needed treatment sooner.

Digital X-Rays

Radiographs, or X-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight structures within. They can detect abnormalities including fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies, and dental disease.

We have advanced digital radiology capability, which means less exposure to radiation for the patient and faster, more accurate results. 

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time image of an animal’s body. An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures.

 

A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen, and gallbladder. An ultrasound of the heart, known as an echocardiogram, provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size, and contractions.

Ultrasound can be used in awake patients, but a mild sedation is often required to help the patient relax during the exam, thus increasing their comfort as well as the quality of the images obtained.

At Orchard Veterinary Care, our abdominal ultrasounds are routinely interpreted in-house, while echocardiogram images are sent to an outside specialist for interpretation. We perform ultrasounds on our own patients and accept referrals from other veterinary clinics.

In-House Laboratory 

Orchard Veterinary Care maintains a full service diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, electrolyte analyses, urinalysis, and other valuable tests for your pet. Fast and accurate results mean a faster diagnostic and treatment for your pet's condition.

Some more specialized tests may also be referred to an outside laboratory.

We frequently evaluate skin cytology, ear cytology, skin scrapings, and fungal cultures for the purpose of diagnosing various conditions that may be affecting your pet.