Diagnostic & Imaging Services in Summerfield
Effectively Discovering Your Pet’s Injuries & Illnesses
One of the hardest parts of being a pet parent is knowing your companion isn’t feeling well, but not being able to tell what’s wrong. Unfortunately, since pets can’t talk, they can’t explain their symptoms or show us where it hurts. What we’re left with is quite the mystery. To help us get the answers we need, we turn to veterinary diagnostics. These tools and techniques, such as lab testing and advanced imaging, let us get a clear picture of your pet’s health – inside and out.
On-Site Diagnostic Laboratory
When your loved one is sick or hurt, you want answers, and you want them fast. Having a laboratory located right within The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt allows us to meet these expectations and deliver the highest level of care available. Our experienced doctors can quickly run a variety of tests, gathering accurate results and implementing the timeliest and most effective treatment plans. In many instances, we can have a treatment strategy in place before you even leave the exam room. This can vastly improve how things ultimately turn out for your pet.
AIS PennHIP testing is accurate in puppies as young as 16 weeks of age. It gives an estimate of the risk for painful osteoarthritis (OA) of canine hip dysplasia (CHD) later in life. With this information, preventive and palliative strategies can be recommended by the PennHIP-trained veterinarian.
All dogs can benefit from PennHIP testing. For pet dogs found to be at risk to develop hip OA, early intervention can help prevent or lessen the severity of CHD. For working/service dogs, identifying a dog with healthy hips can extend the working life of the dog. For breeding dogs, early detection of at-risk hips can allow the breeder to make early, informed decisions as to which dogs to keep in breeding programs.
So, what is OFA certification? The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals is the recognized certifying body to evaluate and determine if a dog will have problem hips. The foundation was established in 1966 by John M. Olin after he found that hip dysplasia was affecting his sporting dogs. Hip dysplasia is a genetic condition and can be evaluated by radiographs. The OFA maintains a database for hip dysplasia and now also maintains databases on other genetic disorders.
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals has defined 7 categories to describe canine hip joints. They are: Excellent, Good, Fair, Borderline, Mild, Moderate, Severe. There are several different ways to treat hip dysplasia depending on the age of the dog and the severity of the problem.
Patella, cardiac, and thyroid testing also available.
“They go above and beyond for you and your furry family members.”- Lisa T.
“Dr. Jernigan first off, is the best vet ever. All the staff in the front and in the back. They give complete compassionate care to every animal. They are winners!”- Kathleen C.
“Staff, doctors, receptionists all first class. Nothing more important to me than my dogs, cats, and horses. So fortunate to have this place near me.”- Nancy M.