Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
We use electromagnetic radiation and ultrasonic sound waves, among other technologies, for our diagnostic imaging procedures. Our veterinarians are certified in diagnostic imaging, and also have a great working relationship with the Idexx telemedicine team to review and images that we have concerns about.
At Carroll County Animal Hospital, we offer advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical needs. We also offer services like ultrasounds, digital X-rays, EKGs and more to help assess your pet's condition.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Carrollton
We are able to perform tests and collect results quickly using our in-house laboratory so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and start their course of treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Carrollton is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
With the in-house diagnostics labs in both of our locations, Carroll County Animal Hospital is proud to be able to offer our patients advanced testing so that our vets can provide an incredibly accurate and quick diagnosis of your companion's health issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
Using a radiograph (digital x-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is safe, painless and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo this procedure.
Radiographs may be used to evaluate bones or internal organs and can help to diagnose conditions like chronic arthritis, broken bones, spinal cord diseases, tumors and bladder stones.
Using ultrasound imaging, we expose part of your pet's body to high-frequency sound waves in order to create an incredibly detailed image of the inside of their body.
Because we capture ultrasound images in real-time, we can see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner.
Carroll County Animal Hospital is proud to be the only private practice in the West Georgia and East Alabama areas to offer ultrasound imaging of the abdomen and heart of pets.
At our vet lab in Carrollton we are able to run a number of common and specialized blood tests to determine the health of your pet, and to diagnose illness.
Some of the most common veterinary blood tests we do are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a key diagnostic test that provides your vet with essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to assess the health of your pet's kidneys and urinary tract systems. However, it can also be used to detect issues in other organ systems and is critical in diagnosing metabolic diseases like diabetes.
This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Carrollton.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any GI infections that could be compromising your pet's health and even the health of your family. Fecals allow your vet to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet may have a heart disorder, we usually take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This procedure is quick, painless and incredibly easy. EKGs reveal data that may be critical to diagnosing your pet's condition. In some cases, after performing an electrocardiogram, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to get specific insight into the chambers of your companion's heart.