Foothills IL Veterinarian and Animal Clinic

3151 E. Chandler Blvd • Phoenix, AZ 85048
M • W • F 7:30am - 5:30pm | T • Th 7:30am - 7:00pm
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Foothills Animal Hospital's Veterinary Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic Services Phoenix AZ

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In some cases, we may recommend further diagnostic testing for your dog or cat to properly diagnose your pet’s illness. Foothills Animal Hospital has sophisticated diagnostic tools that provide detailed information about your dog or cat’s condition including blood work, digital x-rays, ultrasound technology, and endoscopy.  We also have an on-site laboratory that allows for rapid results, saving crucial time in diagnosing critical injuries or in emergency situations.

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, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), 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 under safe, general anesthesia (if anesthesia is needed to take the x-ray). Because we are able to view the x-ray almost immediately we can diagnose and treat your pet rapidly.  Digital radiology is environmentally friendly because there are no chemicals to contaminate water systems. Radiation exposure to your pet is minimized; we use far less radiation for digital radiography.

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, allowing us to diagnose bone loss or hidden disease that may be present in the tooth roots and jawbone areas that may need advanced treatment.  The other benefits of digital radiology as described above are present with digital dental radiology. 
Ultrasound.  Veterinary ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive tool that allows us to visualize tissues that are not otherwise possible to examine. The way it works is that sound waves travel into the body, returning images of the internal organs that we can visualize on a screen. We see these results real time, allowing us to see how the organs are moving and how blood is flowing through the dog or cat at the time of the procedure.

Flexible Endoscopy.  Endoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that allows us to view inside your pet’s body and visualize the organs and internal systems without performing surgery. Flexible endoscopy involves the use of flexible endoscopes, or small cameras, which can be guided throughout the body via small incisions or naturally-existing orifices.  The endoscope is a tube with a camera and light on the tip.  We are able to visualize the area where the scope is placed.  We are also able to take biopsies utilizing specialized instruments inserted through a channel in the endoscope.  If your pet were to need a specialized or advanced endoscopic procedure, we utilize the services of a specialist to perform the procedure in our hospital.

Laboratory.  Our in-house laboratory allows us to perform blood testing, fecal screenings, urinalysis, heartworm tests, complete blood counts, pre-surgical screenings and blood chemistry profiles.  Results are produced very quickly, allowing us to render a more rapid diagnosis of your pet’s health condition.

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.

ECG Monitoring.  We use an ECG to monitor blood pressure, respiration, heart activity, oxygen saturation and temperature during all surgical procedures. 

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