Our advanced lab allows us to test blood, urine and other samples – accurately and within minutes. When your pet is sick, time is critical. A rapid diagnosis allows treatment to begin as soon as possible, improving your pet’s chances for a good outcome and saving you time and expense. Complex testing is sent to an outside reference lab and, depending on the test, results are often available within 24 hours.
Properly positioned, detailed images are essential in giving our doctors the information needed to accurately interpret x-rays of your pets. Our well-trained and experienced technicians take high-speed digital x-rays which give us the information we need in just minutes. When indicated, radiographs can be emailed for review and consultation with a board-certified radiologist giving us an expert second opinion – the same day in most cases.
Ultrasound studies are typically done by an experienced, visiting, board-certified radiologist whose expertise gives us a distinct advantage in the accurate diagnosis of heart and abdominal problems. In an emergency we also have ultrasound capability right at CAH.
CAH is certified to perform PennHIP x-ray evaluations for hip dysplasia in dogs as young as 16 weeks of age. PennHip is recognized by orthopedists as the gold standard for predicting the likelihood of developing hip joint problems like hip dysplasia. Since it can be used before breeding age is attained and is more objective and accurate than OFA, PennHIP has proved to truly make a difference in breeding for good hip conformation in recent years. It is also used to objectively assess the desirability of performing JPS on puppy breeds at higher risk hip dysplasia.