Acoaxet Veterinary Clinic's Veterinary Diagnostic Services
Diagnostic Services Westport MA
There may be times when we may recommend further diagnostic testing for your dog or cat to properly diagnose your pet’s condition. Acoaxet Veterinary Clinic is equipped with board-certified doctors and state of the art diagnostic tools so that we may obtain timely and accurate information about your pet’s health.
Our facility is equipped with:
Digital Radiology, or “x-ray”. X-ray is an imaging tool that provides a non-invasive method of examining your dog or cat’s internal organs and internal systems such as muscular-skeletal, cardiopulmonary (heart and lungs), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. The image quality of a digital x-ray is much higher than a film x-ray and there is no time lost in processing the image. The digital images can be visualized within a few seconds following exposure, reducing the amount of time your dog or cat is away from you for the testing procedure and allowing us to diagnose and treat your pet rapidly. Digital radiology is environmentally friendly because there are no chemicals to contaminate water systems and it decreases radiation exposure to your pet as images can be manipulated via a computer as opposed to having to de retakes.
Digital Dental Radiology. Digital dental radiography allows us to visualize the internal anatomy of your pet's teeth along with the roots and surrounding bone. This allows us to diagnose bone loss or hidden disease that may be present in the tooth roots and jawbone areas that may not have been visible during our thorough oral exam prior to the dental procedure.
Ultrasound. Veterinary ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive tool that allows us to visualize internal organs that are not otherwise possible to examine. As the sound waves travel into the body they return images of the internal organs. As opposed to radiographic static images, ultrasounds return dynamic results in real time. This 3 dimensional image allows the trained veterinarian to see how the organs are moving or how blood is flowing through the dog or cat at the time of the procedure.
The video endoscope allows us to access and treat even the tiniest of openings, which are found in the ear canal, to better aid in examining and treating your pets’ ear conditions.
Echocardiography. Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your pet’s heart. This test allows our Board-Certified veterinarian to look inside the heart, in the chambers and visualize the valves. This non-invasive test can either rule out or confirm a diagnosis, In a dog with a heart murmur, it can determine the amount of leakage and severity of the abnormality.
In-House Laboratory. Our laboratory can provide our doctors rapid results of blood testing, fecal screenings, urinalysis, heartworm tests (dogs), leukemia/FIV tests (cats) pre-surgical blood chemistry profiles, among other tests. For more information about our laboratory, please see our laboratory services page.
Blood Pressure Monitoring. Accurate blood pressure monitoring allows us to assess your pet’s condition while under anesthesia, experiencing shock, or in other critical situations. It is also used during routine check-ups to provide a baseline blood pressure reading.
Anesthesia Monitoring. We use a state of the art machine for monitoring your pet’s ECG, blood pressure, respiration, heart activity, oxygen saturation and temperature during all surgical procedures. Warm water blankets and hot air blankets are used to maintain your pets’ body temperature while anesthetized. Modern anesthetics and advanced monitoring techniques allow us to safely anesthetize even the eldest or sick patients.