At Greenwood Park Animal Hospital, we provide a variety of state-of-the-art diagnostic services, which help us view internal organs and structures with accuracy and efficiency so we can diagnose any health conditions your pet may have.
Radiology (x-rays) allows us to see inside the body of your pet, identifying problems with parts of the body such as the lungs, heart, bones, oral cavity, and abdominal cavity. We can use this tool to identify fractures, growths, obstructions, foreign bodies, and more. Digital x-ray systems allow us to pull up images on a computer screen immediately, enabling us to diagnose the problem and discuss it with you right away. Digital Radiology is fast becoming the norm in veterinary practice, as with its maximized accuracy and detail, and instantaneous digital transferability, radiographs can be shared with specialists including Board Certified Radiologists to get quick support and advice regarding your pets needs.
We perform a variety of diagnostic tests for our patients, and can process and analyze many of these test results right in our facility. Our in-house laboratory provides basic testing, such as fecal, blood glucose, blood chemistries, urine, ear cytology, feline Leukemia virus and FIV testing in cats, and gram stains, as well as specialized tests for senior pets. We have specialized instruments and diagnostic capabilities that allow us to have results quickly and efficiently. More commonly, we utilize the largest North American lab, IDEXX here in Toronto, for an multitude of state-of-the-art diagnostics. The turn-around time is usually only 24 hours.
Oral and Otic Video Endoscopy
An endoscope is a long, thin tube with a camera on the far end that can be used to examine deeper tissues. The images are then brought up on a screen for our veterinarians to evaluate. We use this state-of-the-art tool for visual examination of the oral cavity of our herbivores such as rabbits, guinea pigs and small flurries — not to leave out the ears of anyone who has them! This tool allows us to use a minimally invasive approach to internal examination, allowing for quicker recovery and less worry or pain. We use this invaluable tool during examinations prior to performing oral/ dental surgery.
Tonometry (Glaucoma Testing)
Glaucoma can be very painful and, as it can lead to corneal or visual problems, it is important to identify and diagnose it right away. When a patient has glaucoma, fluid pressure inside the eye increases, causing damage to the optic nerve, loss of vision, and potentially complete blindness. Some symptoms of glaucoma may include:
A tonometer measures the fluid pressure inside the eye, The test is non-invasive and should not cause pain or discomfort for the patient. We perform this test with a mild anesthetic eye drop to ensure comfort. We recommend taking baseline measurements for pets throughout their life since IOP (Intraocular Pressure) varies so much between species, breeds, and individuals.