Pet Diagnostics in Youngsville
Heartwood Animal Hospital is equipped to meet your pet’s needs at all times. We have a fully-equipped in-house laboratory to process any pet diagnostics tests that your pet requires for their health. We have an array of testing options available, including:
- Blood chemistry panel
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Electrolyte analysis
- Urinalysis and sediment evaluation
- Ear cytology and ear mite evaluation
- Cytology for Fine Needle Aspirate
- Fecal intestinal parasite testing
- Microscopic evaluation of skin scrapes
- Heartworm and tick borne disease combo test
- FELV/FIV/HW combo test
- Ability to send out countless specialized laboratory tests
When needed, we are also able to send our pet diagnostics out to national labs for more comprehensive results.
Why Dental Radiographs Are Important
Dental radiographs allow us to see the area beneath the gum line where up to 75% of tooth structure lies. By taking full mouth radiographs, we can more accurately diagnose very common diseases. Studies have shown that dental disease is incompletely diagnosed 70% of the time without x-rays. Common findings using dental radiography include: periodontal disease, tooth resorption, impacted teeth, retained root fragments, dead teeth, broken tooth roots, and abscessed teeth. We generally recommend a set of full mouth x-rays at 6 months of age in conjunction with the spay or neuter procedure or with the first cat or dog teeth cleaning. Follow up x-rays will be recommended based on the type and extent of disease present. Without x-rays, most of our patients would suffer in silence with a painful mouth.