Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Our vets are able to use electromagnetic radiation in combination with other technologies for diagnostic imaging. This lets our team take very detailed images of your cat or dog's internal structures.
At Sears Veterinary Hospital, we have a veterinary diagnostics lab that contains advanced tools to help us diagnose your pet's medical condition accurately. We can provide your pet with a range of services including ultrasounds, toxicology, and digital radiography (X-rays)
With our diagnostic imaging abilities, we are able to efficiently obtain accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and give you options for treatment immediately.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Lancaster
Our vets can conduct a range of tests and obtain results quickly with our in-house laboratory, so we are able to diagnose your pet's symptoms and start their treatment as fast and early as possible.
Our Lancaster pet pharmacy contains a diverse variety of prescription medications and diets, giving us easy access to the medications your cat or dog might need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
With our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, our veterinary team can provide you with ultramodern diagnostic testing. It helps our vets obtain accurate diagnoses for your cat or dog's medical condition.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
With a radiograph (digital X-ray), we are able to examine the internal systems of your pet to uncover information that can't always be seen from the outside.
Radiography is a painless, safe, and non-invasive diagnostic tool. It only utilizes very low doses of radiation. Since the level of radiation exposure needed to implement radiography is very low, pregnant females and very young pets can have this procedure done.
Our veterinarians can use radiographs to evaluate bones and organs as well as diagnose conditions like bladder stones, chronic arthritis, broken bones, spinal cord diseases, and several tumors.
Diagnostic imaging lets our veterinary team capture very detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
When we conduct ultrasound imaging, we expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to capture images of the body's insides.
Since ultrasound images are taken in real-time, we are able to see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our vets at our in-house lab means that your pet's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can begin sooner.
At our vet lab in Lancaster our vets can run a handful of common and specialized blood tests to evaluate your pet's health and to diagnose their illness.
A few of the most common veterinary blood tests we perform are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is an important diagnostic test that gives your vet key insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Usually, we use urinalysis to assess the health of your dog or cat's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it could also be used to detect issues in other organ systems and is essential for diagnosing metabolic diseases like diabetes.
This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick pets and should be part of any comprehensive assessment of your dog or cat's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of a cat or dog's feces, which can be completed at our Lancaster in-house vet lab.
The overall goal of a fecal exam is to diagnose and treat any GI infections that could be harming the health of your pet and maybe even your family. Fecals help your vet determine if your cat or dog has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites have the ability to make pets very uncomfortable, irritable, and can cause more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Because these parasites reside in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden out of sight. The only way to find them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be included in all of your pet's routine wellness exam.
When conducting toxicology testing, your veterinarian is looking for toxins in your cat or dog's body and the impact those toxins are having on your pet's health, to determine treatment options.
- ECG / EKG
If your vet conducts a physical examination and believes your pet could have a heart disorder, we generally take chest X-rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This can be done quickly and easily. It uncovers data that could be critical to your pet's diagnosis. In some cases, a cardiac ultrasound might be required to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.
- Digital Dental X-rays
If your cat or dog has periodontal disease, most of this damage is happening below the gum line where it can't be seen easily. Digital dental X-rays help our veterinarians evaluate your pet's oral health.
Digital X-rays are safer for your pet. They allow our team of veterinary professionals to examine the roots, bones, and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.
With digital X-rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-ray technology. We are able to see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully evaluate each tooth.
This technology allows your Lancaster vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.