Our in-house laboratory allows us to run most diagnostic tests on-site including serum chemistry, blood analysis, urine tests, fecal exams, and cytology (from ear swabs or from skin lumps). This allows for prompt results and decision making when it comes to the treatment of your pet.
PRE-SURGICAL TESTING & SURGICAL MONITORING
At Westmount Animal Clinic we recommend pre-surgical blood testing for all patients to ensure your pet can properly process and eliminate the anesthetic drugs. If through this testing we find any abnormal results we will adjust our anesthetic protocol to provide the safest anesthetic for each patient. Along with the pre-surgical testing we use modern equipment to monitor each patient’s vital signs throughout each procedure. These include: heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, temperature and more. A Registered Veterinary Technician monitors your pet throughout the procedure.
Cardiology is the study of the heart and how it functions. We can help to diagnose heart conditions by blood tests and x-rays. If it is decided that your pet needs to be evaluated by a cardiologist we can quickly make that referral for you.
Radiology (x-ray) is used to provide valuable information about your pet’s health. It can be used alone, or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools such as blood tests to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, or to come to a definitive diagnosis.
We are equipped with a digital x-ray unit. Digital radiography provides a very high quality image that allows better visualization of bones and soft tissue, and allows us to manipulate the images to help improve our ability to make a diagnosis. These images are captured and can be shown to you within minutes or forwarded to a specialist in case of needed referral. If you would like a copy of your pet’s x-rays we will happily email or provide you with a CD copy.
We are equipped with Tonometer to help diagnose your pet’s ocular (eye) disease. This allows us to quickly diagnose the pressure inside your pet’s eyes (elevations can indicate a serious condition called glaucoma). If your pet needs to see an ophthalmologist we can quickly arrange a consultation with a local board certified eye specialist.
X-ray images may not always give us a clear enough view of the inside of your pet’s body. Our ultrasound equipment can help to give us additional information.
If there is an organ or mass that requires a biopsy, we can quickly obtain a sample under a deep sedation, and can usually have results within a week’s time thanks to the commercial laboratories in Calgary.