At Saint John Animal Hospital, we have a range of technology and tools to help diagnose your pet's medical issues as quickly as possible. We offer a variety of services from diagnostic imaging to ECG, bloodwork, and urinalysis.
Our veterinarians use radiographic imaging (digital X-rays) to allow us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures and dental health, and ultrasound technology to get a 'real-time' view of your pet's internal organs and how they are working.
At Saint John Animal Hospital our veterinary pharmacy is well-stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing our team with access to any medications your dog, cat or small companion mammal may need while in our care.
We use the following diagnostic tests and tools to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.
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 can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases and some tumours.
With ultrasound imaging, we expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the 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.
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 can be completed easily and quickly. It reveals data that may be integral to your pet's diagnosis. In other cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.
At our vet lab in Saint John, we are able to run a number of common and targeted blood tests to help us 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 (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), 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 animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also be helpful in detecting issues in other organ systems and is important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Saint John.
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.
Saint John Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our veterinarians are passionate about the health of Saint John companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.