Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
At Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound and other technologies for diagnostic imaging and analysis. This allows us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
With our diagnostic capabilities, we can efficiently produce accurate information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options.
Our In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy
We perform tests and get results faster with our in-house laboratory so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Charlotte is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, allowing us to quickly access any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
We are proud to offer advanced diagnostic testing using our in-house veterinary diagnostic laboratory, allowing our vets to provide an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
Using a radiograph (digital x-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is safe, pain-free, and non-invasive. It uses very low doses of radiation, which means it is safe enough for pregnant females and very young pets to 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 tumors.
Diagnostic imaging allows our veterinary team the essential ability to see extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
With ultrasound imaging, we expose a 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 are able to see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your pet's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner.
In our in-house lab in Charlotte we are able to run a number of common and specialized blood tests to receive a more thorough picture of your pet's health 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.
Your vet can gain essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine via urinalysis.
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.
This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Charlotte.
Fecal exams are performed 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.
Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Because these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view, making a fecal exam the only way to accurately detect them
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
- ECG / EKG
If your veterinarian examines your pet and suspects that they 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.