Veterinary Diagnostics in Winterville, NC

At Animal Care East, our veterinarians and staff rely on veterinary diagnostics to help us form a more thorough understanding of your pet’s health—as well as any illness. Cats and dogs can’t tell us when they start to feel unwell, and they often hide symptoms until the disease is further progressed, making early detection difficult. With our in-house lab, X-ray, and ultrasound equipment early detection of disease is possible, which means early intervention is possible, too.

In-House Laboratory

Our in-house lab is a vital tool that we use frequently during your pet’s annual exam. Annual blood work helps us form a more complete medical history of your pet so we can establish their baseline health. With baseline numbers, we’re able to more easily detect subtle changes in their lab work that could indicate disease.

Tests we may run include:

  • Complete blood count (CBCs)
  • Blood chemistry panels
  • Fecal exam
  • Heartworm test
  • Tick-borne disease screening
  • Urinalysis
  • Cytology (skin tests)
  • And more
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Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays greatly out-perform their film predecessors. They make the process faster and safer for your pet by reducing radiation exposure and taking a crystal-clear digital picture in mere minutes. The digital file can then be easily sent via email to you or to specialists for a second opinion. We frequently use X-rays for our older patients during their annual check-ups as well as before surgery in order to assess their heart and lungs.

Plus, we’ll use it to diagnose the following:

  • Fractures and joint injuries
  • Foreign body ingestion
  • Abdominal obstructions
  • Bladder and kidney stones
  • Dental disease
  • And more

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is often used in tandem with X-rays for a more complete picture of your pet’s internal structures. While X-rays give us a clear static image of your pet’s skeleton and body cavities, ultrasound gives us a live image of working organs, joints, and cavities. With ultrasound, we can even measure your pet’s blood flow to detect heart problems or blood clots.

Common issues we use ultrasound for include:

  • Organ disease
  • Heart problems
  • Urogenital issues
  • Joint injuries
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • And more