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Diagnostic Services

Omaha Pet Diagnostic Services

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Digital Radiographs

Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At Omaha Animal Hospital, we use X-rays to examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can tell us what we need to know.

To provide you with the highest quality veterinary care for your pet, Omaha Animal Hospital has invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:

  • They are immediately able to be viewed on a computer monitor.
  • The clear, detailed images can be manipulated to get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs, leading to a faster and more accurate diagnosis.
  • They take less time to process, which means less time for your pet on the X-ray table (and less stress), and less waiting time for you.
  • No harsh chemicals are needed to develop the images, reducing potential harm to our staff and the environment.
  • If a second opinion is necessary, digital X-rays can be sent by email to a specialist.

Advanced diagnostic capabilities are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, in part because we can't simply ask our patients what is wrong. Our investment in digital X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.



Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure commonly used to evaluate the interior surfaces of your pet’s organs through a small tube inserted into his or her body. An endoscopic examination can often accurately diagnose what is causing your pet’s vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain or swelling, loss of appetite or respiratory problems.

The endoscope is composed of a long thin tube, a light source, camera and viewing eyepiece. The tube contains two channels: one for forceps, snares or biopsy instruments to remove foreign objects, small polyps or tumors or collect biopsy samples; and one for air or water, which are used to better view the tissue or organ.

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Although anesthesia is required to keep pets still during the endoscopic procedure, the recovery time is minimal. The benefits of endoscopy over exploratory surgery include no surgical incision, shortened anesthetic time, decreased inflammation, less stress and discomfort and an earlier return to normal function for your pet.

Accurate diagnosis of your pet’s symptoms begins with our ability to put together as complete and accurate a picture of what is going on inside your pet’s body as possible. For that reason, endoscopy is recommended when routine blood and urine tests, radiographs and ultrasound do not give us the complete diagnostic picture.



In House Veterinary Laboratory

Our veterinary hospital in Omaha maintains a full service veterinary diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, electrolytes, urinalysis, fecal exams, cytology evaluations, and other valuable tests for your pet. With our advanced laboratory technology, we are able to receive fast and accurate results, helping to determine your pet’s diagnosis and what treatment therapy is required.

Our complete in-house veterinary laboratory in Omaha is particularly essential to our emergency and critical care cases. We also offer several tests as part of your pet’s wellness exam and specialized testing if your pet is in his or her senior years. For many tests we can often have results within 15 minutes.