We offer a variety of in-house laboratory services to help diagnose your pet's health issues as quickly and precisely as possible. These services include:
Bloodwork: Commonwealth Veterinary Hospital can run a variety of blood tests in-house. These include complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, liver, kidney and thyroid screens, pre-anesthetic blood profiles, and emergency chemistry profiles, all of which can be completed in twenty minutes or less. We also run all heartworm and tick-borne illness testing in house so that we can start your pet’s treatment right away when needed.
Cytology: Cytology tests are used to review tissue samples, and are mainly used to diagnose common ear or skin infections. We also analyze samples from lumps and bumps to identify whether or not they are cancerous. This allows us to schedule tumor removal more quickly when a cytology reveals that it is needed.
Urine: Urine screenings help diagnose a variety of conditions, but are especially useful in checking for the signs of urinary tract infections, kidney failure and diabetes.
Fecal: Fecal tests allow us to confirm the presence of intestinal parasites, including giardia, roundworms, tapeworms, and coccidia.
In addition to our onsite laboratory equipment, we also maintain a range of noninvasive diagnostic imaging and treatment capabilities. These tools allow us to look beneath the skin to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. Our onsite diagnostic and treatment tools include:
Digital Radiology: Commonwealth Veterinary Hospital is pleased to be the owner of state-of-the-art digital veterinary x-ray equipment. Digital technology has numerous advantages over traditional x-rays. The process is painless, exposure time is very short, and with no delays for film development, your veterinarian is able to view your pet’s x-rays nearly instantaneously.
In addition to being faster and easier on your pet, our digital x-ray equipment provides us with a level of detail that traditional technology cannot match, allowing for more complete and accurate diagnoses. Our veterinarians can enhance specific sections of the x-ray images, providing us with unsurpassed detail on isolated areas. We can also change the contrast ratios to make identifying problem spots easier and reverse colors to check for bone cracks, all at the click of a mouse. With a few more clicks, your veterinarian can import the images to the computers in our exam rooms and show you exactly what he or she saw, or send your pet’s x-rays out to a board certified radiologist for further review.
Digital Dental Radiology: Our digital radiology suite includes handheld equipment for use in dentistry. This means that all the advantages of digital x-rays are available when your veterinarian evaluates your pet’s dental health.
Veterinary Ultrasound: CVH also has its own suite of veterinary ultrasound equipment. This pain free, non-stressful procedure provides us with a real-time image of your pet’s internal systems and assists us in diagnosing a wide range of conditions, including abdominal issues, urinary problems, and cardiac conditions.
We can also provide clients with more advanced diagnostics through our relationship with Dr. Josh Gidlewski. Board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiology, Dr. Gidlewski brings his advanced training and advanced equipment to our hospital every Tuesday. By bringing the specialist to the hospital, we allow your regular veterinarian to be present during the procedure, relating information regarding your pet's current condition and medical history to Dr. Gidlewski and making sure every possible angle is covered. Both doctors have the most complete information possible as they break down the results and diagnose your pet, a dynamic that would not be possible if we were to refer patients to an outside ultrasound clinic.
Endoscopy, Rhinoscopy, and Video Otoscopy: At Commonwealth Vet, our veterinarians have the ability to perform a variety of procedures using our state-of-the-art endoscopy equipment. This equipment allows our veterinarians to use a tiny camera to see inside your pet’s body and, when necessary, retrieve tissue samples for biopsy, perform minor procedures, or even remove a range of foreign objects. Endoscopy is commonly used to examine a patient’s ear canals, nose, colon, or stomach, and is an incredibly powerful and minimally invasive tool to diagnose and treat complex conditions.
Laser Light Therapy: We are pleased to be able to offer laser light therapy for our patients using the Companion Therapy Laser. Laser therapy is the only course of treatment that actually stimulates the body to heal from within, relieving pain and inflammation and accelerating your pet’s healing process. It provides a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment, and can be used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, and dermatological problems. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion will benefit from this revolutionary new approach to veterinary medicine.