Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Our veterinarians use diagnostic tests and tools in our in-house vet lab to accurately diagnose your animal's medical conditions and provide custom treatment plans to meet their unique needs.
Cutting Edge Diagnostics
We use electromagnetic radiation and other technologies for diagnostic imaging. This allows us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
At Argyle Veterinary Hospital, our team uses advanced technology to help accurately diagnose your animal's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound and laser therapies.
Thanks to our diagnostic imaging capabilities, our skilled veterinarians can collect detailed diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options which may include medications from our in-house vet pharmacy.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Argyle
Our experienced team of veterinary professionals performs diagnostic tests and get results quickly in our in-house laboratory so that we can diagnose your animal's symptoms and begin treatment right away.
Our in-house pet pharmacy in Argyle is stocked with a range of veterinary prescription diets and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your animal may need while under our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
Our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab equips our team with the advanced diagnostic testing technology they need to provide you with a quick and accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-Rays)
Using digital x-ray technology, we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Digital radiography is safe, painless and non-invasive. It uses very low doses of radiation to produce detailed images of your animal's internal structures. 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.
With ultrasound imaging, we expose a part of your animal's body to high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the inside of your pet's 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.
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 turmors, 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 Argyle we are able to run a number of common and specialized blood tests to determine the health of your dog, cat or horse, and to diagnose a range of veterinary illnesses.
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 mainly 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.
Urinalysis is important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your animal's stool, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Argyle.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any GI infections that could be compromising your dog, cat, or horse'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 animals 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.