Mercer Island, WA
Learn more about our cat diagnostic services below.
Wouldn’t it be great if our cats could simply tell us when they weren’t feeling well? That way they could explain their symptoms, show us where it hurts and answer the questions necessary to help us diagnose and treat the problem in a timely manner.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Therefore, it’s up to us, as pet parents and veterinary professionals, to become the voice for our animal companions. We achieve this through veterinary diagnostics. These tools allow our experienced doctors to get a glimpse inside your pet’s body so that we can quickly and accurately diagnose the problem and develop the most effective treatment plan.
State of the Art Diagnostics
At Island Cats Veterinary Hospital, we utilize a broad spectrum of in-house diagnostic tools to help us manage the ongoing health of our patients. Whether it’s a simple blood or urine test, or advanced imaging through digital x-ray, we’re well equipped and fully prepared to get to the bottom of what may be ailing your loved one.
Because our cats aren’t able to tell us what’s bothering them, veterinary diagnostics can become their voice. If your loved one hasn’t been acting quite like him or herself lately and you’re not sure quite what’s wrong, give us a call to schedule a professional diagnostic evaluation. We’ll have them on the path to good health again before you know it!
The exam is completely painless. Light sedation may be used to help the patient lie comfortably while the scan is being performed. Your pet may need to be shaved in the area of interest, as veterinary ultrasound images are of better quality if they have complete contact with the skin.
Our hospital also features an in-house laboratory, which allows us to run tests and get the answers we need right away – often before you and your cat even leave the exam room. This is especially important for those illnesses and injuries for which a timely and accurate diagnosis is critical to a positive outcome. The sooner we get answers, the better the chances of a full and speedy recovery for your four-legged friend. We also have the ability to send labs out to a laboratory for more extensive testing. For most labs that are sent out you will receive results the very next day.
Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem, or rule out possible problems.