Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
We use electromagnetic radiation among other technologies for our diagnostic imaging procedures. These tools allow us to produce highly detailed images of the internal structures of your pet's body.
At Kay Animal Hospital, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology to cold lasers.
With the diagnostic image capabilities, we are able to efficiently produce results and provide you with accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition, along with their treatment options.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Douglasville
We are able to perform tests and get results quickly using our in-house lab so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and start treatment as soon as we are able.
Our pet pharmacy in Douglasville is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
With our in-house veterinary diagnostics laboratory we are pleased to offer advanced diagnostic testing to allow our vets to provide an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
Using a radiograph (digital x-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is safe, painless and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo this procedure.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases and some tumors.
At our vet lab in Douglasville we are able to run a number of common and specialized blood tests to determine the health of your pet, and to diagnose illness.
Some of the most common veterinary blood tests we do are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
- Skin Cytology
Skin cytology involves the collection of a sample of abnormal skin cells such as the contents of a pustule, cells from a rash, or a sample of an infected area of skin on your dog or cat.
This sample is then microscopically examined for signs of infection, disease, inflammation, cancer and many more other conditions which can possibly affect your pet's skin.
Urinalysis is a key diagnostic test that provides your vet with essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to assess the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also be helpful in detecting issues in other organ systems and is important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health.
- Fine Needle Aspiration
Fine needle aspiration is a specialized biopsy procedure where our vets insert a very thin needle into an area of your pet's body with abnormal-looking tissues, collecting a very small sample of living tissue.
With Fine Needle Aspiration, our vets are able to diagnose conditions like cancer, bacterial infections and parasites in your pet's body.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Douglasville.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any GI infections that could be compromising your pet's health and even the health of your family. Fecals allow your vet to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your cat or dog is suffering periodontal disease, much of this damage occurs below the gum line where it can't be easily seen. Digital dental X-Rays help our veterinarians assess your pet's oral health.
Digital X-Rays are safer for your pet. They allow our team of veterinary professionals to examine roots, bones and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.
With digital X-Rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-Ray technology. We are able to see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully evaluate each tooth.
This technology allows your Douglasville vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.
We're Always Welcoming New Patients
At Kay Animal Hospital, we can't wait to welcome you and your four-legged friend into our veterinary family. Learn more about the services we offer and the difference our care and compassion make by booking your first appointment today!