Veterinary Diagnostics

Little River Veterinary Clinic Offers Veterinary Diagnostics in Fairfax, VA

Diagnostic tests are critical in finding the source of your pet’s health issues. The vet uses these tests, along with their years of experience caring for animals, to accurately diagnose both common and serious illnesses. At Little River Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, VA, we offer a range of diagnostic tests to help our patients stay healthy.

Diagnostic Tests Help Keep Your Pet Healthy

Your vet in Fairfax may find indications of a problem during your pet’s routine checkups that requires further investigation. Or your pet may become ill unexpectedly, with no clear sign of what is wrong. Diagnostic testing during your pet’s health exam can help to pinpoint the problem, so that treatment can begin immediately to relieve discomfort and allow your pet to get back to health quickly.

Finding the Causes of Illness

Just as in human medicine, veterinarians use a variety of methods to detect illness in animals. These methods are particularly important in veterinary medicine, because animals cannot provide information on where it hurts or how they feel. Instead, samples of urine, blood feces, or body tissue undergo laboratory analysis to identify abnormalities that diverge from the normal readings. These tests can detect issues in the heart, kidneys, liver, intestines, bladder, and other organs. Many different types of chemical tests and equipment can be used to diagnose illness, and new methods are being developed every year to make diagnosis easier and to ensure better outcomes for pets.

Types of Veterinary Diagnostics We Offer

Our facility offers a broad range of diagnostic services to help our veterinarians detect a variety of conditions:

  • Blood chemistry
  • Urinalysis
  • Body X-rays
  • Dental X-rays
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • EKG
  • Parasite screening
  • Heartworm, Lyme disease, and other tick-borne diseases
  • Pre-anesthetic bloodwork before surgery
  • Cytology to detect bacteria and yeast
  • Blood sugar testing
  • Fungal cultures
  • Ocular tonometry to test eye pressure
  • Biopsies
  • Blood panel screenings
  • Ultrasound testing of internal structures

sick dog being treated in little river vet clinic

Make Little River Veterinary Clinic Your Animal Hospital in Fairfax, VA

Dr. Downs and Dr. Cavadel have extensive training in veterinary medicine to help their patients in Fairfax, VA, and surrounding areas maintain good health and manage chronic illness when it occurs. We are a full-service animal hospital, offering pet checkups, vaccination, dental exams, spay and neuter surgery, behavioral counseling, and emergency care. Schedule an appointment at Little River Veterinary Clinic today by calling(703) 273-5110 to learn about the diagnostic tests that can help keep your pet healthy at every stage of life.

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