Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
We use electromagnetic radiation as well as other technologies for diagnostic imaging. This lets us take detailed images of your cat or dog's internal structures.
At Heart of Georgia Animal Care, we use advanced tools that help us accurately diagnose your furry friend's medical problems. We offer many services, from digital radiology to ultrasound and cold lasers.
With our diagnostic imaging abilities, we can efficiently obtain accurate diagnostic information about your cat or dog's condition and provide you with immediate options for treatment.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Milledgeville
We conduct tests and receive fast results with our in-house laboratory so we can diagnose your pet's symptoms accurately and start treatment almost immediately.
Our pet pharmacy in Milledgeville contains many prescription diets and medications, giving us quick access to the medications your pet might require while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
WE are pleased that with our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab we can offer advanced diagnostic tests that let our vets provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical condition.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
With a radiograph (digital X-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems as well as uncover information that might be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is painless, safe, and non-invasive. It only utilizes very small doses of radiation. Since the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, very young pets and pregnant females can have this procedure done.
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.
With diagnostic imaging, our team of veterinary professionals can capture highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
In ultrasound imaging, we expose part of your pet's body to high-frequency sound waves to obtain images of the body's insides.
Since ultrasound images are captured in real-time, we can see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as the blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your pet's condition can be diagnosed quickly, so treatment can begin sooner.
- Cold Lasers
Cold lasers are low-intensity lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that can be used to help relieve pain, improve healing, and stimulate and enhance cell function. And can be used to help conditions such as arthritis and muscle spasms, as well as post-surgery recovery.
At our Milledgeville vet lab we can run a variety of common and specialized blood tests to understand the health of your pet and diagnose their illness.
A few of the most common veterinary blood tests we perform are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a key diagnostic test that provides your vet with essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Most often, urinalysis is used to evaluate the health of your pet's kidneys and urinary tract system, However, it could also be used to help detect issues in other organ systems and is key 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.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, that can be completed at our in-house vet lab in Milledgeville.
The primary goal of a fecal exam is to find and treat any GI infections that may be compromising the health of your pet 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 cause more serious conditions. A handful of parasites can even be transmitted to humans.
Because these parasites reside in the gastrointestinal tract of your pet, they are often hidden from sight. The only way to find them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
- ECG / EKG
If your veterinarian implements a physical examination and thinks your cat or dog might have a heart disorder, we usually take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This procedure can be completed easily and quickly. It reveals data that may be integral to your pet's diagnosis. In other cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.