How Diagnostics Help Us Treat Your Pet

Treating pets requires an extensive understanding of their needs and the right tools for identifying and diagnosing their health problems. Like humans, our pets can be healthy one day and sick the next. In some cases, finding the cause of their illness may take more than a physical exam. Since dogs and cats cannot tell us how they’re feeling, our doctors in Indianapolis need to do more to bridge the information gap and make a proper diagnosis.

Why It's Important

Diagnostics are an essential part of veterinary medicine because they help us achieve what a standard exam cannot. They can help us answer important questions and create the best treatment plans for your pet. Furthermore, our procedures are painless, non-invasive, and generally, require no sedation to perform.

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Lab Diagnostics

Monon Animal Hospital has access to commercial veterinary laboratories that can provide specialized analysis for a variety of blood tests. Laboratory testing allows us to check for health issues by looking for changes in the blood, urine, and stool. These changes can give us the information we need to make an accurate diagnosis.

Available testing includes:

  • Heartworm testing
  • Complete blood cell count (CBC)
  • Blood chemistry
  • Thyroid
  • Glucose
  • ...and more

If needed, our team can perform fecal and urinalysis testing in-house. Having these tools on hand enables us to make a quicker diagnosis for pets with urgent health problems.

Digital X-Ray Services

Our hospital has the advantage of offering digital radiography (X-ray) to look for internal issues in patients. Digital X-ray generates only about 10% of the radiation that traditional film-based X-ray generates, and the images it produces are sharper and easier for our doctors to review.

With digital X-ray, we can diagnose:

  • Bone fractures
  • Signs of heart disease
  • Tumors
  • Foreign bodies in the stomach or intestine
  • Dental disease and other oral problems below the gum line
  • Arthritis
  • Bone and joint deformities

Due to the minimal radiation our equipment produces, X-ray procedures are very safe and we can perform them more quickly.

Does Your Pet Need an Appointment?

Our goal is to make our diagnostics services as efficient and low-stress as possible for your pet. If you’d like to speak with us about our diagnostics or need to make an appointment, give us a call at (317) 257-5656.

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