When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use diagnostics to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible problems, or provide a list of possible causes.
Cabarrus Emergency Veterinary Clinic offers a new state of the art digital radiography system. Digital radiography is a much faster process than taking conventional film x-rays. This allows images of your pet’s body to be immediately available for review by our veterinarians, and it reduces the amount of stress and radiation exposure to your pet. This technology also provides a dramatic increase in image quality, allowing for more accurate diagnosis. Digital images can be sent to a specialist for review through Vets Choice, a radiology consulting service. Images will also be shared with your family veterinarian.
Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. We have a portable ultrasound that allows us to rapidly assess your pet for internal injury. We perform a FAST scan – this stands for Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma. This test can detect or rule out serious problems such as internal bleeding or pneumothorax (collapsed lung) in rapid time with minimal stress to your pet. It is important to recognize that this is not a substitute for a full diagnostic ultrasound which would be performed by a radiologist or internal medicine specialist.
Cabarrus Emergency Veterinary Clinic hosts a full suite of Idexx laboratory equipment, including complete blood count, chemistry, electrolytes, urinalysis and coagulation testing machines. We also offer bedside testing for parvovirus, heartworms, feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia virus and pancreatitis (in dogs) and heart disease (in cats). Most laboratory tests can be evaluated while you wait, in as little as 30 minutes. This saves valuable time when diagnosing and treating your pet’s illness.