Plantation Pet Diagnostic Services

pet xrays in plantationDigital Radiology

The veterinarians at Central Broward Animal Hospital are able to diagnose a very wide range of medical conditions with more speed and accuracy than before using the Sound-Eklin digital X-ray system. This system is the most advanced digital x-ray system available offering the benefits of a lower dose radiation exposure and less repeat x-rays for quicker answers. This allows less stress for your pet and less time waiting for answers for you. In addition, the x-rays can be digitally sent to a board certified radiologist if needed for a second opinion to help give your pet the best care possible.

With the availability of digital radiography, x-rays have become far more powerful and useful than ever before. This means that we can quickly take highly detailed radiographs, manipulate them to gain a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs, and then display them on a computer for you to see.

Because we believe that pet owners throughout Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, and Broward County deserve the best possible care, we have invested in this state-of-the-art, high-quality digital veterinary x-ray machine.

The Advantages of Digital Radiology

  • Digital x-rays can be saved to a disk and given to you as part of your pet's home medical record.
  • Images can be quickly shared with specialists when a second opinion or additional diagnosis is needed.
  • Your pet's time on the x-ray table is reduced because fewer images need to be taken.
  • Digital x-rays eliminate the need to use toxic chemicals in the film development process, decreasing the risk of exposure to our staff and the environment.

Your Pet's Ultrasound

Ultrasound is another vital, non-invasive tool we utilize to aid in diagnosing your pet. Ultrasound can help our veterinary staff gain a real-time moving picture of your pet's heart or a still image of many other organs and structures. An ultrasound is primarily used for abdominal and cardiac problems. When used to diagnose heart problems, ultrasound helps us gather information on your pet's heart (including the heart valves) while it is actively pumping blood.

Endoscopy Services for Your Pet

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a variety of very small cameras attached to either a flexible or rigid tube. Our video endoscopy technology allows our veterinarians to directly view the interior of an organ or body cavity, providing a vital insight into the cause of a problem and aiding in the establishment of a diagnosis.

There are several varieties of endoscopy; gastrointestinal endoscopy is used to diagnose abdominal and digestive tract problems, bronchoscopy is used to diagnose respiratory diseases and otoscopy is used for diagnosing problems inside the ear.

plantation veterinary endoscopyVeterinary Laboratory Testing

Sometimes we need to rely on diagnostic tests in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Thanks to our in-house diagnostic laboratory, your pet's test results are ready within a matter of minutes.  Central Broward Veterinary Hospital is equipped with a new state of the art Idexx Lasercyte and Catylyst One. This equipment allows us to accurately measure dozens of laboratory results much faster than ever before decreasing the time interval between examination and treatment. Our laboratory is capable of processing dozens of tests, including complete blood counts (CBCs), blood chemistry panels, parasite testing (to detect the presence of heartworms, intestinal worms and other internal parasites) and more. Your pet's laboratory test results are analyzed and interpreted by our team of veterinarians and specially trained veterinary technicians. The results of the laboratory tests provide fast, accurate treatment for your pet.

If required, we use an off-site veterinary laboratory for more complex or in-depth testing.

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

CBC measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in a sample of blood. The numbers of each type of cell provide information to help diagnose anemia, infections and leukemia. If your pet is undergoing treatment for a condition, a complete blood count can help your veterinarian monitor how your pet is responding to the treatment.

Blood-Chemistry Panel (Chem Profile)

A blood-chemistry panel measures electrolytes, enzymes and chemical elements of your pet's blood. Included in a chem profile are important components such as calcium and phosphorous levels, liver enzymes, glucose and total protein. These measurements help your veterinarian determine how your pet's organs, such as kidneys, pancreas and liver, are functioning. Blood-chemistry panels help diagnose and treat illness, as well as monitor your pet's response to treatment. A blood-chemistry panel is usually performed to screen for potential problems and risks before anesthesia is administered.

Fecal Examination (Fecal)

Your veterinarian may examine your pet's feces under a microscope for clues about many different kinds of diseases, including difficulties with digestion, internal bleeding and pancreas disorders. Most importantly, a fecal examination confirms the presence of intestinal parasites, including roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm and giardia. A fecal examination is part of your pet's complete wellness examination.

Urinalysis (UA)

Laboratory testing of your pet's urine can help detect the presence of specific substances that normally do not appear in urine, including protein, sugar, white blood cells or blood. Measuring the dilution or concentration of urine can also help your veterinarian diagnose illness. A urinalysis can be helpful in diagnosing urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems and other diseases.

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