Diagnostic Services in Maple Grove

Diagnostic Services offered by North Paws Veterinary ClinicDigital Radiographs

Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine. The skilled staff at North Paws Veterinary Clinic uses 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, the doctors at North Paws Veterinary Clinic have invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:

  • They can be immediately 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, 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.

Diagnostic Services offered by North Paws Veterinary ClinicIn-House Laboratory

Performing preventive medicine and diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results — blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations, bacterial culture sensitivity, and more — it is often difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assess your pet's health.

The team at North Paws Veterinary Clinic has at its disposal one of the best in-house diagnostic laboratories in the Maple Grove area. In many cases our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes.

Laboratory testing allows our veterinarians to obtain important information for assessing your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. Thus we maintain an advanced in-house laboratory and regularly perform tests during your pet's wellness exam or when we suspect your pet may have a health issue.

For example, diagnostic testing can detect heartworm disease, Lyme disease infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections and many additional conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. Early blood testing can show evidence of disease such as diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference. Blood testing is also included in pre-anesthetic screenings prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia. Annual wellness blood and urine tests, along with other diagnostics, assist us in the early detection of diseases and health conditions.

For more information about the diagnostic services North Paws Veterinary Clinic offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Maple Grove, please contact us.