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Veterinary Technology

The veterinary team at our animal hospital in Madison supports our high quality of care by providing accurate and quick diagnoses with our in-house diagnostic lab, creating treatment plans customized to your companion's needs. 

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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. 

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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.

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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 diagnosing broken bones, arthritis, spinal cord diseases, and some kinds of tumors. 

  • Digital Dental X-rays

    Digital dental X-rays allow our veterinarians to assess your pet's oral health, so diseases and issues that require treatment can be diagnosed.

    With digital radiography, we can examine your cat or dog's tooth roots, bones, gums, and the internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth to detect conditions such as periodontal (gum) disease.

    Additionally, the risk of radiation exposure is significantly lower with digital X-rays than with traditional X-ray technology.

    Digital technology also allows your veterinarian to see results immediately, and then project them onto a computer monitor for review.

  • Bloodwork

    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

    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

    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.

  • Echocardiogram

    A veterinary echocardiogram is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that transmits high-frequency sound waves to capture an image of your cat or dog's heart.

    Your veterinarian can use this test to evaluate the health of your pet's heart and detect abnormalities, illness, or disease.

  • Ultrasound

    Veterinary ultrasounds are a type of non-invasive diagnostic imaging technology that transmits sound waves into your pet's body to produce a 'picture' of a specific part of the body. 

    These can be used to diagnose or assess problems with your pet's internal organs, or to check on a dog or cat's pregnancy.

  • E2V Color Doppler Ultrasound

    A color Doppler ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic test that can be used to measure the blood flowing through your pet's blood vessels. While a regular ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images, it does not reveal blood flow.

    A Doppler ultrasound can be used to diagnose many conditions, including blood clots, heart valve defects, decreased blood circulation, and more.

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.

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