St. Francis Animal Hospital has an on-site laboratory with extensive equipment and a seasoned staff. Our medical services include radiology, electrocardiogram, dermatology, and cardiology.
Because of our well-trained staff and extensive laboratory equipment, we’re able to offer:
- Blood chemistry analysis
- Complete blood counts
- Clotting profiles
- Thyroid levels
- Blood-gas and acid-base analysis
- Electrolyte measurements
- Fecal exams
- Fungal cultures
- Urine cultures
- Skin scrapings
- Various cytological staining
Specialized diagnostic tests are submitted to reliable outside laboratories with rapid results we can trust.
Full Radiology Services
Our state-of-the-art radiology machine can get excellent diagnostic radiographs (X-rays) on patients ranging from a two-pound puppy to a 200-pound Great Dane. Our doctors and nurses are also able to provide a variety of contrast studies of various organ systems. These include (but are not limited to) the:
- Upper and lower gastro-intestinal system
St. Francis Animal Hospital also offers myelograms (contrast studies of the spinal cord) with a mobile surgeon.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) records the electrical activity of the heart and measures and diagnoses irregular heart rhythms. St. Francis Animal Hospital currently has two ECG machines—these are used during trauma or anesthesia, or when one of our doctors hears an abnormal rhythm of your pet’s heart. We are also able to transmit the ECG with your pet’s history and chest X-rays to a board-certified cardiologist for immediate guidance.
Dogs and cats experience skin problems which can be difficult to treat and which need to be immediately addressed. These problems are caused by:
- Hormonal disorders
- Parasites like fleas and mites
St. Francis Animal Hospital can diagnose skin problems with a veterinary exam. Certain dermatologic diseases require extra diagnostic procedures to ensure a correct prognosis. Depending on factors like your pet’s symptoms and their physical exam, we may perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies, or may run blood work.
If your pet is scratching excessively or develops scabs, redness, scaling, inflammation, or bumps, please contact us.
Heart disease is usually a life-threatening condition, and although heart problems are found in older pets most of the time, animals at any age can be affected. If this ailment is discovered early, some forms of heart disease can be cured.
Heart disease can lead to congestive heart failure (CHF), which is a result of the heart no longer being able to pump blood effectively. When this occurs, fluid usually builds up around the lungs and sometimes the abdomen.
Animals born with a heart problem (congenital heart disease), abnormalities of the heart valves (valvular heart disease), rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias), and heartworm disease all can lead to congestive heart failure (CHF).
Please call us if your pet:
- Loses his or her appetite
- Is fatigued
- Tires easily
- Starts breathing rapidly or coughing
- Has trouble exercising
During a physical exam, St. Francis Animal Hospital can discover many heart problems through additional tests including electrocardiograms (ECG), ultrasounds, and radiographs (X-rays).
Ultrasound, or sonography, produces an image from underneath the surface of the skin using sound waves. This technology can help diagnose the cause of pain, swelling, and infection or examine a baby in the mother’s womb. Having this on-site at St. Francis Animal Hospital allows our team to better assess our patients and provide the most accurate diagnosis.
When something is wrong with our pets, we want to know what it is and how we can help them. However, finding a diagnosis can be half the battle. At St. Francis Animal Hospital, our team is trained in the function, diagnosis, pathology, and treatment of internal body systems to better discover the underlying issue. Areas of trainings include oncology, endocrinology, hematology, infectious diseases, cardiology, gastroenterology, immunology, neurology, nephrology, and respiratory disease management.
For additional information on the above services, or if you’d like to make an appointment, contact us at 719-282-3443 or make an appointment online today.