Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Pierce
At Sunrise City Animal Hospital, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound and blood tests.
Our hospital is equipped with a state-of-the-art Vimago diagnostic imaging machine that gives us a leg up with superior quality high-definition CT scans, Fluoroscopies, and X-rays.
With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we can efficiently produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Fort Pierce
The quick and accurate tests available to us thanks to our in-house laboratory allow us to begin effective treatment as quickly as possible for our patients.
Our pet pharmacy in Fort Pierce is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services in Fort Pierce
With our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab we are pleased to offer advanced diagnostic testing to allow our vets to provide an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
Using a radiograph (digital X-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is safe, painless and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo this procedure.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases and some tumors.
The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
With ultrasound imaging, we expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.
Because we capture ultrasound images in real-time, we can 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 in our in-house lab means that your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner.
An endoscope is comprised of a very tiny camera with a light attached to the end of a flexible tube.
When we perform an endoscopy, a long, thin tube is inserted directly into the body to observe an internal organ or tissue in detail.
Minimally invasive endoscopes can be inserted into the openings of the body such as the mouth or anus.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, a computer, and radio waves to provide your veterinarian with high-resolution, detailed images of your pet's soft tissues such as the brain, spinal cord, ligaments, tendons, and abdominal organs.
When it comes to many soft tissue injuries or diseases, veterinary MRI often provides a more detailed picture of your animal's body than other diagnostic imaging tools are able to provide.
Our vets can then examine these images on a computer monitor or print them.
Some conditions that MRI can help to diagnose and treat include spinal issues such as tumors, herniated discs or stenosis; brain tumors and inflammation; strokes; musculoskeletal diseases and injuries including cranial cruciate ligament injuries; and abdominal conditions including organ enlargement or tumors.
At our vet lab in Fort Pierce we are able to run a number of common and specialized blood tests to determine the health of your pet, and to diagnose illness.
Some of the most common veterinary blood tests we do are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a key diagnostic test that provides your vet with essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to assess the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also be helpful in detecting issues in other organ systems and is important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Fort Pierce.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any GI infections that could be compromising your pet's health and even the health of your family. Fecals allow your vet to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
- CT Scans
CT (computed tomography) Scans combine X-Ray images and computer technology to help us identify and diagnose numerous diseases and disorders in your pet's body. They have become an essential imaging tool used in veterinary medicine.
- ECG / EKG
If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet may have a heart disorder, we usually take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This procedure can be completed easily and quickly. It reveals data that may be integral to your pet's diagnosis. In other cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.
- Artemis Multi-Modal Therapy Device
Our vets use Artemis to provide our patients with non-invasive RIM and NRT therapies. It is the only device that allows for limitless modification on the energy waveform to allow incredible depths of penetration, photomechanical effects, and bio-stimulation resulting in the efficacy of treatment.
Rapid Inflammatory Mitigation Therapy (RIM)
Whether from injury or age, chronic or acute, nagging or debilitating, pain dampens our lives and the lives our pets.
With RIM therapy, large bursts of energy are non-invasively pulsed deep into the tissues massaging them causing an opening of the lymphatic system and an out-flow of inflammatory materials. Simultaneously, the energy increases vascular flow and restores the normal function of cell membranes. This results in a reduction of inflammatory swelling and pain.
RIM therapy is tremendously effective for:
- Acute and Chronic injuries
- Arthritis and Arthrosis
- Post-surgical healing
- Internal medical conditions characterized by inflammation
- Nearly all inflammatory conditions
Non-invasive Regenerative Therapy (NRT)
NRT is a non-invasive way to effectively regenerate and even remodel scarred tissue back to a normal state without pain or side effects. When cells are affected by significant acute or chronic inflammation the cell cycle stops. Healing either does not occur or occurs only through the placement of scar tissue. This is true in the case of post-surgical healing, traumatic injury and all inflammatory diseases; from arthritis and DJD to kidney disease.
NRT delivers tissue-specific pulses of high power but low volume energy of the appropriate wavelength and waveform to tissues that either need to heal or have been replaced by scar tissue. These pulses signal the same way a healthy cell would in order to turn on the cell cycle.
As the new cells are created, healing and replacing scar tissue, they influence the cells around them to turn back on. The result is a healing cascade that allows the regeneration of tissue in a way that was previously thought to be impossible.
Hyline cartilage, tendons and ligaments, muscle, bone, nerves and many other tissue types can be regenerated with between 6-12 treatments over 2-3 weeks