Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
At Healthy Paws Veterinary Center, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from diagnostic imaging and cytology to bloodwork and urinalysis.
We use electromagnetic radiation and other technologies for diagnostic imaging. This allows us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
Diagnostic tests like bloodwork and urinalysis allow us to get a better look at your pet's internal systems to provide accurate diagnoses and immediate treatment options.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Little Elm
We perform tests and get results quickly in our in-house laboratory so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and customize a treatment plan to suit their needs.
Our pet pharmacy in Little Elm 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
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.
At Healthy Paws Veterinary Center, we send all radiographs we take to a board-certified radiologist for evaluation. This means all of our clients get a full report of their pet's X-ray from a board-certified expert within a 24-hour period.
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.
Cytology is the microscopic examination of single cells or small clusters of cells. At Healthy Paws Veterinary Center, we can use cytology to diagnose a range of dermatology diseases and conditions of the skin and ears.
We can also examine cells and fluid that are obtained during a biopsy to help us diagnose illnesses such as cancer in your pet.
At our vet lab in Little Elm, 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 (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), 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 Little Elm.
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.
- Ocular Pressure Testing
Tonometry is the measuring of an animal's eye pressure (intraocular pressure) to detect signs of glaucoma or other eye disorders. Ocular pressure testing is conducted with a handheld device called a tonometer.
Most pets tolerate this testing very well, although your vet may use numbing eye drops to help keep your pet comfortable.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your cat or dog is suffering periodontal disease, much of this damage occurs below the gum line where it can't be easily seen. Digital dental X-Rays help our veterinarians assess your pet's oral health.
Digital X-Rays are a safe part of your pet's dental care. 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 Little Elm vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.