In both wellness care and veterinary medicine, diagnostic skill offers a significant contribution to pet care. SPORTSVET Animal Medical Center is diligent in using available technology and advanced training techniques to provide the most rapid and accurate diagnosis of pet illness, injury, and age-related concerns.
Diagnostics for Pet Wellness
Since the primary focus of pet wellness care is about keeping an animal healthy, laboratory testing is critical. Annual diagnostics performed at the pet wellness exam often include blood tests, urinalysis, and a fecal exam to establish health and determine areas where treatment may be needed. Heartworm testing is a good example of routine diagnostic bloodwork.
Our on-site veterinary laboratory allows us to perform routine testing here, providing rapid results while optimizing accuracy. Retesting on the spot, or the option to perform advanced laboratory tests, is then available for more complex cases. Our laboratory staff is diligent in maintaining a sterile and organized laboratory environment, necessary for obtaining clear results.
Diagnostics in Veterinary Medicine
In treating a sick or injured animal, accurately diagnosing the source of the problem is essential for implementing appropriate treatment. In addition to our on-site laboratory, our radiology department offers critical information about the internal condition of our animal patients.
While your pet is being examined at SPORTSVET, X-rays can be taken and developed in a short amount of time. This provides us with an immediate high-resolution radiograph, especially important in patient blockages or bone injuries. Modern X-ray equipment offers a safer experience for your pet, as well as minimizing the risk of radiation exposure.
Certified in PennHIP Evaluations
PennHIP stands for the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program. PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic technology (X-ray) for hip evaluation, assessing the quality of the canine hip and measuring hip joint laxity.
The PennHIP method of evaluation is the most reliable diagnostic technique used to predict the onset of osteoarthritis, the hallmark of canine hip dysplasia (CHD). This program is composed of three major components:
- A diagnostic radiographic technique
- A network of trained veterinarians
- A medical database for scientific analysis
PennHIP represents a network of veterinarians trained to perform the methodology properly and offers a large scientific database. Your pet’s radiographs are sent to the PennHIP analysis center for evaluation and stored in the database. Thus, the PennHIP laboratory is able to obtain more precise answers to questions about the cause of CHD.
PennHIP is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and is a not-for-profit organization.