In-House Veterinary Diagnostics in Saskatoon
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.
Orchard Veterinary Care is equipped with advanced imaging technologies enabling rapid interpretation and guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.
Radiographs, or X-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. They can detect abnormalities including skeletal 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 is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time image of an animal’s body. This composite reveals important information about internal processes including the circulatory and gastrointestinal systems.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasounds can help us define cardiovascular or circulatory, soft tissue diseases, tumors, gastrointestinal disease, renal, liver, gall bladder, pancreatic, splenic and lymphatic conditions as well as define the extent of trauma and injuries.
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.
Our hospitals maintain 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. With our advanced laboratory technology, we are able to receive fast and accurate results, helping to determine your pet’s diagnosis and what treatment therapy is required.
Our complete in-house laboratory is particularly essential to our emergency and critical care cases. We also offer several tests as part of your pet’s wellness exam and specialized testing if your pet is in his or her senior years. We can often have results within 15 minutes (for many tests).
We also frequently evaluate skin cytologies, ear cytologies, skin scrapings, and fungal cultures for the purpose of diagnosing various dermatologic conditions that may be affecting your pet.