When you work with Harvester Veterinary Hospital, you get access to our onsite laboratory that allows for rapid and accurate testing for a range of diagnostics. From urinalysis to blood counts and more advanced imaging, our test results can often be ready the same day as tests are taken, leaving you less time to wait anxiously for results.
Some of the common tests we conduct in our in-house laboratory include:
Have questions about our lab capabilities? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
Digital x-ray is a powerful way to get a look at what’s going on inside your pet, particularly their bones and muscles. X-rays are often used to diagnose issues such as arthritis, bone fractures, pneumonia, and much more.
The best part? X-rays are completely non-invasive and completely safe, with pets not even requiring sedation in most cases. They simply must be held still for a few minutes while the machine creates an image which can then be interpreted by our veterinary team.
X-rays work by sending invisible waves through your pet’s body, and the way those waves bounce off the internal structures of their body produce an image which can then be translated into a visual picture. Want to learn more? Contact us today about diagnostic x-ray imaging.
Like x-rays, ultrasounds allow us to see inside your pet’s body. But while x-rays use invisible light rays, ultrasounds use sonic waves to create a picture. Also unlike x-rays, ultrasounds allow us to view a live video feed of your pet’s internal systems, whereas x-rays can only create a static picture.
Ultrasounds are often used at our clinic to diagnose conditions that include bladder stones, heart and lung abnormalities, foreign bodies, intestinal disorders, cancer, and even pregnancy - similar to how ultrasounds are used in human pregnancies.
Ultrasounds are simple, safe, and non-invasive to administer, and pets usually don’t need to be sedated unless they are extremely anxious or difficult to handle.
Caring for your pet’s skin is essential, and when they have skin-related issues, it can range from uncomfortable for your pet to dangerous. That’s why we emphasize allergy and dermatology as essential parts of a holistic veterinary service offering.
Dermatitis can be caused by allergic reactions, skin cancer, hormonal disorders, autoimmune disease, tumors, infections, and other factors. If you’re worried that your pet may be suffering from a dermatological condition, look for the following warning signs:
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that makes use of a long and flexible tube with an attached camera, inserted into the stomach or colon of your pet while they’re sedated in order to view the inner workings of your pet’s stomach, esophagus, small intestine, and/or colon. Usually, endoscopies are used to look for and identify abnormalities, swelling, scarring, or other issues.
If after an initial exam we determine that an endoscopy may be necessary to get a closer look, we’ll always discuss this with you before proceeding.