Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
We use X-ray and ultrasound among other technology to create highly detailed pictures to see what is happening with your pet's internal structures.
At Loving Hands Animal Clinic & Pet Resort, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services such as EKGs, bloodwork, and fecal tests.
With our diagnostic imaging and testing capabilities, we can skillfully produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide options for immediate treatment.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Alpharetta
We are equipped to perform tests and produce results rapidly thanks to our in-house veterinary lab. Treating your pet's symptoms has never been easier!
Our pet pharmacy in Alpharetta is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing your vet with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
With our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab we are pleased to offer advanced diagnostic testing to allow 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 impossible to see with the naked eye.
Radiography is safe, non-invasive, and completely painless. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can 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 types of tumors.
The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
With ultrasound imaging, we expose 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 can 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 dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner.
- ECG / EKG
If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet may have a heart disorder, we usually take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This procedure can be completed quickly and easily. 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.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your cat or dog is suffering from periodontal disease, much of this damage can be unseen, hiding under the gum line. Digital dental X-Rays help our veterinarians fully assess your pet's oral health.
Digital X-Rays are safer for your pet. They allow our team of veterinary professionals to examine the roots, bones, and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.
With digital X-Rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-ray technology. We are able to see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully evaluate each tooth.
This technology allows your Alpharetta vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.
- 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 Alpharetta.
The goal of a fecal exam is 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.
Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
At our vet lab in Alpharetta we are able to run a number of common and specialized blood tests to determine the health of your pet and to diagnose any hidden illnesses.
Some of the most common veterinary blood tests we do are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a key diagnostic test that provides your vet with essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to assess the health of your animal's urinary tract system and kidneys, 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.
- Cold Laser
This important piece of technology offers pain relief and enhanced healing through cell regeneration for pets who may be suffering from joint pain, or recovering from surgical procedures.
At our Alpharetta animal hospital, this technology is typically used to help our exotic pets during times of healing and to allow the to stay active as they start to show signs of aging.