Pet Diagnostics and Internal Medicine in Waynesboro

Your pet can’t tell you when they're not feeling well. Thus, our veterinarians have a responsibility to identify and diagnose illness in pets. Due to the biological instincts of their wild ancestors, dogs and cats will try to hide signs of pain and sickness. At Animal Hospital of Waynesboro, we use digital X-ray, ultrasound, in-house testing, external laboratories, and on-site EKG services to uncover the mysteries of your pet’s health and diagnose (and treat) their problems sooner.

Types of Pet Health Problems We Work With

Our team helps in treating and managing a wide variety of health conditions in pets, including:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Hyperthyroid and hypothyroid
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
Veterinarians working on pet diagnostics in the in house lab

What is Internal Medicine?

Internal medicine is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases (like those listed above) in the body. Pets are not much different from people in this way—they are just as prone to diseases as we are.

At our animal hospital, we can provide complete pet diagnostic workups and develop effective treatments for many medical cases. For more complicated cases, we may refer patients to an internal medicine specialist.

How We Apply Our Pet Diagnostic Tools

Veterinarian examining a dog during pet diagnostics

With our in-house diagnostic lab, we can run many different tests to detect diseases early and better understand your pet’s condition. Blood tests can show evidence of infection and other values indicating a change in your pet’s baseline. Additionally, we can test urine samples to evaluate urinary tract health and other problems. For more specialized workups, we turn to commercial laboratories.

  • Serum chemistry
  • Blood chemistry
  • Urinalysis
  • CBC (complete blood count)
  • Parasite testing (roundworm, heartworm disease, Lyme disease, etc.)

Digital X-ray uses less radiation than film X-ray and allows us to take high-quality X-ray images quickly. With X-ray, we can do an internal exam of the bones, joints, heart, and lungs. An X-ray can alert us to a foreign body in your pet’s stomach or intestines, broken bones, tumors, and other issues.

Ultrasound uses sound waves instead of radiation to create an image of your pet’s internal systems. We can evaluate the soft tissue organs in better detail and while they are in motion, so we can check their function as well.

EKG stands for “electrocardiogram.” It involves placing electrodes on the skin to monitor the heart’s electrical activity and measure how fast the heart beats.