Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
For diagnostic imaging, we use electromagnetic radiation and other technologies. This enables us to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal organs.
We have advanced tools at Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists + Animal Emergency to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. From digital radiology to ultrasound and cold lasers, we provide a wide range of services.
We can quickly produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options thanks to our diagnostic imaging capabilities.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Lexington
In our in-house laboratory, we perform tests and obtain results quickly so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our Lexington pet pharmacy is stocked with a variety of prescription diets and medications, ensuring that we have quick access to any medications your pet may require while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
Our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab allows our vets to accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
We can examine your pet's internal systems with a radiograph (digital x-ray) to reveal information that isn't visible from the outside.
Radiography is a painless, non-invasive procedure. It only uses very low radiation doses. Because the amount of radiation required for radiography is so low, even pregnant women and young pets can have this procedure done.
Broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, and some tumors can all be diagnosed with radiographs.
Diagnostic imaging allows our veterinary team to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
We use ultrasound imaging to create images of the inside of the body by exposing a portion of the body to high-frequency sound waves.
We can see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels because we capture ultrasound images in real-time.
Because we have this valuable technology available to our veterinarians in our in-house lab, your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can begin sooner.
An endoscope is a very small camera attached to the end of a flexible tube with a light.
Endoscopy is a procedure in which a long, thin tube is inserted directly into the body to allow for a detailed examination of an internal organ or tissue.
Endoscopes with minimally invasive techniques can be inserted into body openings such as the mouth or anus.
Laparoscopic procedures are most commonly used in the abdomen for inspection and biopsy collection. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive alternative to abdominal exploratory surgery.
The lower urinary and genital tracts can be visualized and evaluated using cystoscopy. It can be a useful tool for early detection and diagnosis, especially when bloodwork and radiographs have failed to produce results.
Our vet lab in Lexington can perform a variety of routine and specialized blood tests to assess your pet's health and diagnose illness.
Hematocrit, platelets, Eosinophils, hemoglobin, and MCHC are some of the most common veterinary blood tests we perform.
Urinalysis is a critical diagnostic test that gives your veterinarian important information about your pet's urine's physical and chemical properties.
Urinalysis is primarily used to evaluate the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also be useful in detecting issues in other organ systems and is crucial in diagnosing metabolic diseases like diabetes.
This is an important diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals, and it should be included in any comprehensive health assessment of your pet.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces that can be performed at our Lexington vet lab.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to detect and treat any GI infections that may be endangering your pet's or your family's health. Fecals enable your veterinarian to determine whether your pet has intestinal parasites like roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites can cause discomfort and irritability in pets, as well as lead to more serious conditions. Some are even transmissible to humans.
These parasites are often hidden from view because they live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract. A fecal exam is the only way to detect them.
- CT Scans
CT (computed tomography) scans combine X-ray images and computer technology to aid in the identification and diagnosis of a wide variety of diseases and disorders in your pet's body. They have developed into an indispensable imaging tool in veterinary medicine.