Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Electromagnetic radiation and other technologies are used in diagnostic imaging. This allows us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
At Lafayette Companion Animal Hospital, our advanced tools help our vets to accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a range of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound and ECG/EKG.
By leveraging our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we're able to efficiently produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Boulder County
We perform tests and receive results quickly in our in-house laboratory so our vets can diagnose and treat your pet's symptoms as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Boulder County is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
In our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, we perform advanced diagnostic testing that allows our vets to provide an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-Rays)
With a radiograph (digital X-Ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal valuable information that we may not be able to see with the naked eye.
Radiography is non-invasive, safe and painless. It uses only very low doses of radiation, so even pregnant females and very young pets can safely undergo this procedure.
Radiographs can be used to assess bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, chronic arthritis and some tumors.
Our team of veterinary professionals can leverage diagnostic imaging to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
Using ultrasound imaging, we expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the body's insides.
Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, we can see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, in addition to the blood flowing through blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means your cat or dog's condition can be quickly diagnosed, and treatment can begin sooner.
- Bloodwork, Urinalysis & Fecal Exams
At our vet lab in Boulder County, we can run numerous common and specialized blood tests to assess your pet's health and diagnose illnesses.
Some common veterinary blood tests include 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 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.
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Boulder County.
The ultimate 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 exams should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
- 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 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.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your cat or dog is suffering from periodontal disease, much of this damage occurs below the gum line where it can't be easily seen. Digital dental X-Rays help our veterinarians 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 Boulder County vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.