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JVC offers a variety of in-house diagnostics in addition to utilizing services from referral labs.
IDEXX Lab Equipment
JVC uses an IDEXX Lab Suite that allows us to provide a wide array of diagnostics at the time of service. We offer IDEXX 4DX Testing for diagnosing Heartworm and tick-borne diseases (Lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis) in dogs. The IDEXX FeLV/FIV snap test detects feline leukemia and feline immunovirus in a cat in minutes, using only a small amount of blood. We offer comprehensive blood chemistry panels, complete blood counts, urinalyses, and monitoring medical treatments, like for thyroid disease and seizure disorders.
Dog and outdoor cat lifestyles put them at high risk for encountering internal parasites and several of these parasites can be passed from pets to humans. We recommend yearly fecal exams on all pets to ensure they are free of internal parasites. In-house fecal testing is available, and can be completed with just a small amount of fresh feces.
Radiographs, commonly known as x-rays, allow us to see what is going on in the body without being invasive. Radiographs assist in the diagnosis of bone, joint, lung, and abdominal disorders. In addition to diagnostic radiographs, JVC also offers OFA radiographs which are used by breeders to screen dogs for hereditary joint problems prior to breeding.
We can perform a variety of general diagnostics in the clinic, many times during the time of an appointment. General services include cytology for ear and skin infections, identification of lumps and masses, and diagnosis of eye disorders.
JVC offers complete abdominal ultrasound examination. Radiographs (X-rays) can provide great information about internal organs, but detail in individual organs is lacking. Ultrasound can better visualize your pet’s abdominal organs, such as liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, stomach, and intestines. Ultrasound technology is also useful in guided fine needle aspirates if a sample of fluid or tissue is recommended for further evaluation. We can preform ultrasound examinations on individual organs, related organ systems, or the entire abdomen. The ultrasound examination is usually scheduled when your pet has been fasted and can stay with us at the clinic for the day. Your pet’s abdomen will be shaved for the procedure and sedation may be used.
When more complicated medical conditions arise, we work with several referral laboratories that offer specialized testing. These resources allow us to provide a higher level of diagnostics without having to refer a patient.