Detailed Pet Diagnostics for Optimal Treatment in Canton, MI
Diagnostics are critical for helping us determine the presence of medical issues in pets so we can propose the best treatments. Laboratory testing and imaging give us the ability to identify and diagnose health conditions in sick or injured pets, and screen healthy pets for any abnormal signs. At Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital in Canton, we offer a complete in-house testing lab, digital radiography (X-ray), and ultrasonography (ultrasound) to diagnose and treat our patients.
This state-of-the-art technology gives us an advantage in efficiency, detail and accuracy. Therefore, we can better customize our patients' care according to their unique needs and circumstances.
Our Dedicated In-House Laboratory
For pets with critical conditions or pets about to undergo surgery, time is a major factor. Our in-house laboratory suite allows our team to run tests quickly and obtain timely results so we can attend to our patients as promptly as possible. We offer in-house chemistry testing to assess organ function and blood values, which can take as little as 15 minutes.
Blood tests are an essential tool in screening for parasites, infections and evidence of certain diseases. In some cases, it may be necessary for us to send blood samples out for more extensive analysis. Additionally, we send all fecal tests to outside labs, which has been found to result in increased testing accuracy.
Cat and Dog X-Rays
Digital radiography (X-ray) is a non-invasive imaging tool that gives us a clear view of your pet's bones, chest cavity and abdominal cavity. We also offer digital dental X-ray to for a full view of your pet's oral cavity. The primary advantage digital X-ray has over traditional film X-ray is its ability to produce higher-quality images more quickly. We can detect and diagnose fractured bones, dental fractures, various orthopedic issues (arthritis, hip dysplasia) and heart problems.
Cat and Dog Ultrasounds:
Creating Images with Sound
While X-ray provides an excellent view of the skeletal system, it is less reliable when we need to examine the soft tissue organs. This includes the liver, kidneys, bladder, and heart. To examine your pet's internal organs in greater detail, we rely on our advanced ultrasound equipment. Our ultrasound machine emits high-frequency sound waves, which bounce off the soft tissues and create echoes. The computer converts these echoes into a moving, real-time image.
Since ultrasound is best suited for cases involving the soft tissue structures, it is the ideal tool for:
- Diagnosing pregnancies
- Detecting tumors, cysts, abdominal fluid, arterial and intestinal blockages
- Measuring blood flow
- Evaluating cardiac function
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Dr. Petty and his Arbor Pointe staff are so very compassionate and extremely professional! I’ve taken my dogs and cats here for years. The clinic is pristinely clean! I very much appreciate their excellent communication and total up to date knowledge for the needs of my fur babies! Highly recommend!
Jake was never a “normal” dog. Everything seemed to hurt or scare him. When my vet suggested I see Dr. Petty, I immediately made an appointment. Despite the hour trip, we have been seeing him ever since. Jake is a much happier boy. Now that Dr. Petty has cared for him, he is living his best life.
When the emergency veterinarian said my cat was going to die, I went to Dr. Petty. After a series of treatments, my cat lived 9 more years. Ever since, I have brought all my pets to Arbor Pointe. Dr. Petty is kind, compassionate, wicked smart, willing to think outside the box, and just a darn good veterinarian.