Columbus Pet Diagnostic Services

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Digital Radiology

Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At Benning Animal Hospital, we use veterinary 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 Columbus veterinary care for your pet, Benning Animal Hospital has 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 our staff and the 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 our patients what is wrong. Our investment in digital X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.

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Veterinary Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure that we use to evaluate your pet's internal organs. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet's health. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet's organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone.

At Benning Animal Hospital in Columbus, we use ultrasounds to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of your pet's abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram) and diagnose pregnancy. It can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies.

At Benning Animal Hospital, we consult with a board certified internal medicine specialist to review cases and provides on-site Columbus veterinary diagnostics and ultrasound.

The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment and minimize your worry and stress.

Pet Endoscopy

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.

We have a strong working relationship with nearby Auburn University, and if your pet requires an endoscopy, we will refer you to their trusted veterinarians.

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Benning Animal Hospital

Columbus, GA In-House Veterinary Laboratory

Because protecting your pet's health is our most important job, we have a complete in-house veterinary diagnostic laboratory that allows us 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.

Our in-house veterinary laboratory provides blood work and urinalysis with quick results to you and your pet. We are able to test for such diseases and parasites as parvovirus, FELV, FIV and heartworm. We also have full cytology capabilities.

What Veterinary Diagnostics Can Detect

For example, diagnostic testing can detect heartworm disease, Lyme disease, infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections and many additional diseases and conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. Blood testing can show early evidence of diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function or simply provide a baseline for future reference. Diagnostic laboratory testing is also completed prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia.

Quick Results

Laboratory testing provides our veterinarians with information about your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. Thanks to our in-house diagnostic laboratory, we are able to deliver your pet's test results quickly—often within a few minutes—minimizing the time you need to wait for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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