Picayune Veterinary Clinic Diagnostic Services

Digital Radiology

Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At Picayune Veterinary Clinic, we use X-rays to examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas, and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can tell us what we need to know.

To provide you with the highest quality veterinary care for your pet, we've invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:

  • They are immediately able to be viewed on a computer monitor
  • The clear, detailed images can be manipulated to get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs, leading to a faster and more accurate diagnosis
  • They take less time to process, which means less time for your pet on the X-ray table (and less stress), and less waiting time for you
  • No harsh chemicals are needed to develop the images, reducing potential harm to the staff and environment
  • If a second opinion is necessary, digital X-rays can be sent by email to a specialist

Advanced diagnostic capabilities are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, in part because we can't simply ask patients what is wrong. The hospital's investment in digital X-ray technology reflects the staff's commitment to offer you and your pet the most comprehensive healthcare available.

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Endoscopies at Picayune Veterinary Clinic

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure commonly used to evaluate the interior surfaces of your pet's organs through a small tube inserted into his or her body. An endoscopic examination can often accurately diagnose what is causing your pet's vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain or swelling, loss of appetite or respiratory problems. It can also be used to collect biopsy samples and remove foreign objects, small polyps or tumors. At Picayune Veterinary Clinic, we perform endoscopies on animal of all sizes, with scoping abilities ranging from cats to horses.

Although anesthesia is required to keep pets still during the endoscopic procedure, the recovery time is minimal. The benefits of endoscopy over exploratory surgery include no surgical incision, shortened anesthetic time, decreased inflammation, less stress and discomfort, and an earlier return to normal function for your pet.

Accurate diagnosis of your pet's symptoms begins with the ability to put together as complete and accurate a picture of what is going on inside your pet's body as possible. For that reason, endoscopy is recommended when routine blood and urine tests, radiographs and ultrasound do not give us the complete diagnostic picture.

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In-House Laboratory

When performing routine wellness examinations or diagnosing an illness, what Picayune veterinarians can't see is as important, if not more important, than what they can see.

Because protecting your pet's health is important to us, we have a complete in-house diagnostic laboratory that allows the medical team to perform a wide range of tests on blood, urine, feces and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to these precise test results, it would be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health. Test results can also help us in the early detection of diseases and other conditions affecting your pet's health and well-being.

In the state-of-the-art laboratory, we're able to perform several tests, including:

  • Complete blood panels
  • Thyroid and phenobarbital monitoring
  • Urinalysis with sedimentation
  • Heartworm testing
  • Feline tests for leukemia virus and immunodeficiency virus

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Class IV Laser Therapy

Reducing pain and promoting healing is a top priority of the medical team here at Picayune. To that end, we have invested in a class IV therapeutic laser, which we use on patients following surgery or an injury and to help manage a range of chronic and acute conditions.

Laser therapy is a painless FDA approved medical procedure that uses low-level lasers to stimulate the natural healing capabilities of the body's cells. This form of laser therapy is effective at promoting healing on a cellular level as well as decreasing inflammation after surgery, injury or areas of the body affected by chronic illnesses such as arthritis or acute conditions such as otitis. It can also be used to increase joint mobility and relieve the aches and pains common to geriatric pets.

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