Diagnostics

Comprehensive Range of Diagnostic Services

Tailored To Your Pet’s Needs

When pet owners call us, they usually describe a symptom their cat or dog is experiencing, such as not eating, diarrhea, and vomiting. When they bring their pet in, the job of the veterinarian is to determine what is causing the symptom so that it can be stopped and the pet can feel better and heal. The proper diagnosis is crucial for the speedy and healthy recovery of your cat and dog. Our pets cannot tell us what is wrong with them. This is why we at Countryside have invested in the latest technology in order to help our vets in the diagnostic process. These non-invasive technologies allow us to produce quick and accurate diagnoses, which can make all the difference when your pet is critically ill or injured. Countryside’s comprehensive range of diagnostics includes:

VETSCAN IMAGYST™
Video Otoscope
Digital Radiography
In-House Laboratory Testing
Digital Ultrasound
Rapid and accurate results

VETSCAN IMAGYST™

One notable tool we’ve invested in, is our VETSCAN IMAGYST™ machine, which allows us to send electronic samples to board-certified doctors for analysis. With a turnaround time of less than two hours, it provides rapid and accurate results to aid in making prompt and informed decisions about your pet's care. This innovative technology enhances veterinary diagnostics, ensuring efficient and effective treatment for your beloved companion. We are super excited about VETSCAN IMAGYST™ and have already seen its benefits in providing valuable diagnostic information in various areas, including:

While diagnostics may involve expenses, their benefits far outweigh the costs. We gain precise answers, personalized treatment approaches, and the ability to make timely and well-informed decisions

Blood analysis: Reads blood smears and supplements CBC (complete blood count) results and may identify abnormalities such as "abnormal white blood cell count, low platelet count, and changes associated with anemia".
Urine analysis: Enables comprehensive urinalysis for dogs and cats at the point of care.
Fecal analysis: Detects parasites (eggs in fecal/different kinds of worms, etc) that maybe affecting your pet's health.
Dermatology: Examines skin samples, helping to diagnose skin infections and skin-related conditions.
Cytology: Analyzes cell samples obtained through fine needle aspirates or other means to identify abnormalities or indications of cancer, infections, or inflammatory conditions.
Dogs and cats, like humans, can develop various cancers. Each year, approximately 6 million new cancer diagnoses are made in dogs and an additional 6 million more in cats. Early detection is key, as half of all canine and feline cancers are treatable, and ongoing research brings hope for improved cancer care.
Many veterinary practices have to send these samples to outside labs with results taking a week or more to return. Who wants to wait a week or more to find out if your pet has cancer? We sure don't.

While diagnostics may involve expenses, their benefits far outweigh the costs. We gain precise answers, personalized treatment approaches, and the ability to make timely and well-informed decisions

Imaging Visible in Seconds

Digital Radiography

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Dogs and cats, like humans, can have problems with their bones and soft tissues that the naked eye just can't see. Digital radiography steps in so that veterinarians can see the inside of your pet's body and make diagnoses, such as broken bones, canine hip dysplasia, arthritis, and more. Introduced about 15 years ago, digital radiography allows veterinarias the ability to see the inside of your pet's body immediately after the images have been taken. This allows for the pet's images to be taken all at once without having to move the cat or dog off the table. The image quality is exceptional, and the amount of radiation your pet is exposed to is greatly reduced.

Radiography is also the only method used to accurately diagnose canine hip dysplasia. Canine hip dysplasia is a condition that results in joint instability and the abnormal wear of cartilage. Currently, OFA and PennHip techniques are used to determine the likelihood of a dog developing hip dysplasia or arthritis. At Countryside, we provide radiographs that meet the standards for both of these techniques.
Visualzing the Ear

Video Otoscope

A veterinary video otoscope is a small video camera that is used to examine the inner parts of the ear canal. This fiberoptic scope gives our veterinarians the highest level of visualization of the ear canal and eardrum. It magnifies the images so that our veterinarians can have a better view of what is happening inside the ear to see if there are any:

Earmites
Tumors
Impacted ears
Ruptured ear drums
Foreign objects inside the ear
Swellings
Abnormalities or buildup

If your pet is prone to or is having an issue with their ears, Countryside Veterinary Services is here to help identify and properly treat the problem.

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In-House

Laboratory Diagnostics

It's truly amazing how an animal's blood cells can tell us a lot about what is happening inside its body. Here at Countryside Veterinary Services, we have an in-house laboratory so that we can test your dog or cat's blood and have the results back quickly. This speeds up the diagnosis process and gives the veterinarians a good idea of what is causing your pet's symptoms. There are different types of blood tests that can be performed that are designed to diagnose different conditions. For example, a urinalysis can help reveal your dog or cat's hydration status, infections, kidney or bladder disease, diabetes, and more. Blood work can also be run to determine any surgical risk for your aging cat or dog.

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Our in-house laboratory can quickly develop test results, enabling us to begin treatment for your pet right away. Some of the in-house diagnostic testing available at Countryside includes:

Blood chemistry panel
Complete blood cell count
Cytology
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV)
Feline immunodeficiency virus
Heartworm testing
Parvo testing
Urinalysis and fecal examinations
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Viewing Internal Structures

Digital Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses sound waves to give a visual picture of what is happening inside your dog or cat's body. Ultrasound can be used to diagnose many conditions and diseases, such as heart conditions, abdominal problems and masses, as well as pregnancy. Tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues can be seen more clearly, which helps diagnose injuries, and cysts and tumors are more readily seen. In short, an ultrasound exam on your dog or cat is another important diagnostic tool that your veterinarian can use to help determine what is causing your dog or cat's symptoms.
When Can An Ultrasound Confirm My Pet's Pregnancy?
Ultrasound can be used to confirm your pet's pregnancy in as early as 25 days. Radiographs can be taken after 50 days to determine the number and general size of the puppies or kittens.
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From the Blog

News & Articles

As many of our clients know, we love sharing our knowledge and important animal health news. Our blog contains valuable educational resources in one easy location.

Jan 31

Chew on This: The Ultimate How-To for Happy Pet Teeth!

Preventing oral diseases in our furry friends is easier than you might think. Here's our Step-by-Step Guide.
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Dec 28

Healthy Pets: Tackling Weight Loss

January: Pet Weight Loss Awareness Month! Is Your Pup Pudgy? Is Your Kitty Chunky? Dr. Childers shares her expertise on combatting this health-threatening condition for both dogs and cats.
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Dec 5

Cracking the Code: Understanding the Purr-fect Language of Cats

In honor of December being "National Cat Month", we're going to unravel the captivating history of cats and decode the unique language they use to communicate with us.
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Nov 2

Senior Pet's Arthritis Guide: Keep Them Painless & Playful!

Learn how to spot the signs and explore proactive steps that can make a significant difference in enhancing your senior pet's well-being.
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Oct 2

Best Local Trails to Walk Your Dog

Walking your dog is the best form of mental and physical exercise for both of you. Find your momentum and explore new hiking trails with our handy list for locals.
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Sep 29

Halloween: Precautions To Celebrate Safely With Your Pet

Halloween has become a holiday to celebrate not only with your children and friends but with your pets, as well. Many owners look forward to...
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Sep 29

Finding Your Furever Friend: A Vet's Take on Dog Adoption🐾

In October, we support "Adopt a Dog" month by giving you essential considerations, with your veterinarian's role in mind.
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Sep 12

Celebrating Responsible Dog Ownership: A Guide to Ensuring Your Canine Companion's Well-Being

September is Responsible Dog Ownership month, and Dr. Jennifer Coval, a small animal vet with Countryside, has key advice that can make a difference in your dog’s wellbeing.
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Sep 12

Crucial Clues: How to Tell if Your Dog is in Pain

Do you know how to spot pain in your dog? September is Animal Pain Awareness Month and this blog post delves into the different types of pain, Signs, and Effective Management Strategies.
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31 Jan

Chew on This: The Ultimate How-To for Happy Pet Teeth!

Preventing oral diseases in our furry friends is easier than you might think. Here's our Step-by-Step Guide.
More
28 Dec

Healthy Pets: Tackling Weight Loss

January: Pet Weight Loss Awareness Month! Is Your Pup Pudgy? Is Your Kitty Chunky? Dr. Childers shares her expertise on combatting this health-threatening condition for both dogs and cats.
More
5 Dec

Cracking the Code: Understanding the Purr-fect Language of Cats

In honor of December being "National Cat Month", we're going to unravel the captivating history of cats and decode the unique language they use to communicate with us.
More
2 Nov

Senior Pet's Arthritis Guide: Keep Them Painless & Playful!

Learn how to spot the signs and explore proactive steps that can make a significant difference in enhancing your senior pet's well-being.
More
2 Oct

Best Local Trails to Walk Your Dog

Walking your dog is the best form of mental and physical exercise for both of you. Find your momentum and explore new hiking trails with our handy list for locals.
More
29 Sep

Halloween: Precautions To Celebrate Safely With Your Pet

Halloween has become a holiday to celebrate not only with your children and friends but with your pets, as well. Many owners look forward to...
More
29 Sep

Finding Your Furever Friend: A Vet's Take on Dog Adoption🐾

In October, we support "Adopt a Dog" month by giving you essential considerations, with your veterinarian's role in mind.
More
12 Sep

Celebrating Responsible Dog Ownership: A Guide to Ensuring Your Canine Companion's Well-Being

September is Responsible Dog Ownership month, and Dr. Jennifer Coval, a small animal vet with Countryside, has key advice that can make a difference in your dog’s wellbeing.
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