Veterinary Diagnostics & Vet Lab in Nashville
Vet Diagnostic Lab
Electromagnetic radiation and other technologies are used in diagnostic imaging to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
At Belle Forest Animal Hospital, we leverage advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer numerous services, from digital radiology to ECG and ultrasound.
With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we're able to efficiently produce accurate diagnostic data about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Nashville
We perform tests and receive results quickly in our in-house laboratory, so we are able to diagnose your pet's symptoms and start treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Nashville is stocked with a variety of prescription diets and medications, which gives us quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
In our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, we conduct advanced diagnostic testing to allow our vets to provide an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
With a radiograph (digital X-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information we may not be able to see from the outside.
Radiography is a painless, safe, and non-invasive procedure that uses very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed for radiography is so low, it can be done on even pregnant females and very young pets.
We use radiographs to evaluate organs and bones and to diagnose conditions including chronic arthritis, broken bones, spinal cord diseases, bladder stones, and some tumors.
Our team uses diagnostic imaging to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
With ultrasound imaging, part of your pet's body is exposed to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.
Since ultrasound images are captured in real-time, we're able to see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner.
At our vet lab in Nashville 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.
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.
- 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 Nashville.
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. Fecal exams 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.
- ECG / EKG
If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet may 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.