Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
We use technologies like electromagnetic radiation and others for our diagnostic imaging procedures. These allow us to create highly detailed and accurate images of your pet's internal systems ad structures.
At Best Friends 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 EKGs.
With our diagnostic imaging and testing capabilities, we are able to efficiently produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's current condition and provide immediate treatment options.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Madison
We perform tests and can collect results quickly using our in-house diagnostic lab in order to diagnose your pet's symptoms and start their course of treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Madison 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 a safe-painless, and non-invasive diagnostic procedure. Since it uses very low doses of radiation, it is even safe for pregnant and very young pets to receive it.
Radiographs are used to evaluate the health of bones and organs in pets. They can also aid in the diagnosis of broken bones, arthritis, spinal cord diseases, and some kinds of tumors.
Our vet lab in Madison is able to run a number of blood tests on our patients to determine their health, whether the tests are common or more specialized.
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 an incredibly useful diagnostic test that provides your veterinarian 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 Madison.
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 kinds of parasites make their home in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, they will often be hidden from view. The only way to detect them reliably is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal exams should be a core piece of every animal's routine wellness exams.
Tonometry is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure our vets perform in order to gauge the pressure of the fluids inside your pet's eyes. The primary use of this test is to determine whether or not dogs are suffering from glaucoma and to measure the effectiveness of glaucoma treatments as they progress.
- 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.
New Patients Welcome
Best Friends Animal Hospital is always accepting new patients. Our experienced veterinary team is passionate about the health and comfort of companion animals. Get in touch today to learn about the difference our expertise makes.