Pet X-Ray, Ultrasound, and Lab Testing in West Loop, Chicago, IL
Our team understands how important prompt care is when your pet is sick, and our cutting-edge X-ray, ultrasound and in-house laboratory allow our team to perform testing and receive results quickly when it matters most. Diagnostic testing may become necessary as your pet ages, or be recommended by your veterinarian as part of a routine exam. We use advanced technology to diagnose, treat, and assess a variety of hidden illnesses, infections, parasites, and other health problems.
Our In-House Laboratory
We can perform an array of diagnostic imaging and testing to help our team gather more information about your pet’s condition. Having certain capabilities in-house enables our team to diagnose and create a treatment plan for your pet based on their individual needs. We can perform various tests including:
- Blood chemistry
- CBC (Complete blood count)
- Tick-borne disease testing
- Liver and kidney testing
- Fecal exam
- Heartworm testing
These tests provide our team with important information about your pet’s health and help us address any underlying issues before they become more serious. If necessary, our team can also send out testing samples for a more comprehensive analysis.
Does My Cat or Dog Need an X-Ray?
At Partners Animal Hospital West Loop, we use digital X-rays to closely examine and diagnose any issues involving the heart, lungs, and musculoskeletal system. Your veterinarian may recommend a cat or dog X-ray exam to monitor any on-going conditions. Senior pets also greatly benefit from X-rays as they are more susceptible to illness and disease due to their age. Early detection can make treatment more effective for your companion to help them get back to making memories with you.
Additional situations during which we may recommend X-rays for your pet:
- Difficulty breathing
- Ingesting a foreign body
- Unusual lethargy
- Injuring the bone and/or joint
- Possible limb deformity
- Bladder stones
Where Does Ultrasound Come In?
If we need to take a better look at your pet’s abdominal organs or heart, we might suggest an ultrasound. Ultrasound is ideal for studying the heart and other soft tissue organs, along with blood vessels, which do not show up as well in radiographs. Instead of providing still images of internal systems, ultrasound gives us a moving, real-time visualization of the body.
Pet ultrasound can aid us in finding and diagnosing a variety of things, including:
- Fluid in the abdomen
- Tumors and cysts
- Bladder stones
- Gastrointestinal foreign bodies
- Any changes in the size or shape of the organs/blood vessels