Veterinary technology just keeps advancing, and at Leesburg Veterinary Hospital, we stay on top of the trends. Our diagnostic capabilities are extensive—we feature a full in-house laboratory, as well as advanced digital X-rays and ultrasound, too! The more we can understand about your pet and their condition, the better we can treat them.
Working on a Molecular Level with Our In-House Lab
Our full in-house lab has a whole range of capabilities. We can analyze blood samples, skin samples, urine, feces, and more. The chemical components of your pet’s body can tell us a lot about what might be happening beneath the surface. Our lab work includes:
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Blood chemistry panel
- Cytology (skin cell analysis)
- Fecal tests
- And more
For non-urgent cases, we may send out our lab samples to an outside laboratory to test. These results get back to us in about 24 hours, so you never have to wait long.
Superhuman X-Ray Vision
Digital X-rays are much more efficient than their traditional counterparts. They use significantly less radiation, are faster to use, and take clearer images. Not only that but the images they produce come in a digital format that is easily shared between our veterinarians and board-certified radiologists for complex medical cases. We can also share it with you! X-rays can be used to diagnose a number of conditions including:
- Bladder or kidney stones
- Heart, liver, or kidney disease
- Ingested foreign objects
- Abdominal issues
Harnessing Soundwaves with Ultrasound
While X-rays give us a crystal clear, still image of your pet’s insides, ultrasound allows us to get a live view. Ultrasound uses high-frequency soundwaves that bounce off internal structures to create a moving image. We can see how your pet’s organs are functioning and check for any abnormalities.
Ultrasound is particularly useful in viewing:
- Abdominal organs such as the kidneys, liver, bladder, and spleen
- Endocrine glands such as the thyroid or adrenal glands
- A pregnant female’s litter
- The heart (also known as an echocardiogram)