We are able to perform many in-house diagnostic procedures, providing results for your pet during your visit. Some of the tests most commonly run include, but are not limited to:
- CBC - Complete blood count, gives information regarding red and white blood cells and platelets.
- Profile - Blood chemistry test, shows how vital organs are functioning.
- Urinalysis/Sediment - Detects bladder inflammation and/or infection.
- T4 - Thyroid function test.
- Heartworm (4dx)-Tests for heartworm disease (transmitted via mosquito) and 4 other tick borne diseases (anaplasmosis, two types of ehrlichiosis and lyme).
- Digital Radiographs - X-rays are a very useful diagnostic tool as they can help give a better picture of what might be going on inside of an animal's body. Digital dental radiographs give a better picture of the mouth and teeth, especially below the gumline.
Specialty and Surgical Services:
Spay (Ovariohysterectomy): The procedure of spaying your female pet involves the removal of both ovaries as well as the uterus. The spay surgery requires an overnight stay at the hospital. Your pet will go home with sutures which will need to be removed 10-14 days following the procedure. At-home care will be required to keep the incision clean and dry until the sutures are removed. You will also need to limit activity for a short time.
Neuter: The procedure of neutering your male pet involves the removal of both testicles. An overnight stay is required for the neuter surgery. Your pet may or may not have sutures which need to be removed in 10-14 days following the procedure. Felines require no sutures, while canine neuters may require them. At-home care will involve keeping the incision site dry and clean until the sutures are removed. You will also need to limit activity for a short time.
Dental: At TLC Veterinary Hospital we believe preventative dental care is extremely important for our patients. However, when regular brushing and other measures just aren't quite enough, we recommend dental cleaning. This procedure requires the animal to be put under general anesthesia so we are able to clean and polish each individual tooth. Digital dental radiographs are recommended as a preventative measure and are sometimes necessary to treat an issue found during this routine procedure. Performing an x-ray will show the root of the tooth and help the doctor decide whether or not it needs to be removed. A post extraction x-ray is also taken to make sure that the root has been completely removed.
Tumor Removals: This surgery is commonly done to remove problematic growths. It is common, especially in older animals, to have fatty growths or other types of tumors. Often times this surgery is done in conjunction with a dental so that we minimize the number of times your pet has to be put under anesthesia.
Ultrasounds: If a problem cannot be diagnosed with x-rays, lab work, etc., sometimes an ultrasound is recommended. We will contact one of our highly qualified specialists and schedule a session at your convenience.
Endoscopy: Both of our veterinarians are experienced in endoscopic procedures. Endoscopies are a less invasive way of retrieving foreign bodies, performing biopsies, or just getting a better look at what might be going on inside an animal's G.I. tract.