Kyle Veterinary Hospital

Veterinary Diagnostics in Cincinnati, OH

As a pet owner, you want the best possible care for your furry friend. This includes regular check-ups, vaccinations, and preventative care. But what happens when your pet is sick or injured? In these situations, diagnostic care is crucial in determining the best course of treatment for your pet.


An x-ray is a type of imaging that uses radiation to create images of the inside of the body. This procedure is commonly used in veterinary medicine to diagnose a variety of conditions in pets.

Some common reasons for a veterinary x-ray include:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Foreign objects in the body
  • Tumors or masses
  • Respiratory issues
  • Dental problems
  • Arthritis or joint issues

If your pet is experiencing any of these issues, we may recommend an x-ray to get a better look at what is going on inside their body.

How is the Procedure Done?

The first step in a veterinary x-ray is to prepare your pet for the procedure. This may involve sedation or anesthesia, depending on the size and temperament of your pet. This is to ensure that your pet stays still during the x-ray, as movement can affect the quality of the images.

Once your pet is ready, they will be placed on a table or platform and positioned for the x-ray. The x-ray machine will then be positioned over the area of the body that needs to be imaged. The technician or veterinarian will then take the x-ray, which only takes a few seconds.

After the x-ray is taken, the images will be reviewed by the veterinarian. They will be looking for any abnormalities or issues that may be causing your pet's symptoms. In some cases, additional x-rays may be needed from different angles to get a better view of the area.

Benefits of Pet Imaging

Pet imaging, such as x-rays, can provide valuable information for veterinarians to diagnose and treat your pet's health issues. It is a non-invasive procedure that is relatively quick and painless for your pet. It can also help to avoid more invasive procedures, such as exploratory surgery, by providing a clear view of what is going on inside your pet's body.

Additionally, pet imaging can also be used for preventative care. Regular x-rays can help to catch any potential health issues early on, allowing for prompt treatment and a better chance of a positive outcome.

In-House Laboratory

A veterinary in-house laboratory is a facility within the practice that is equipped with lab equipment and staffed by trained professionals to perform diagnostic tests on-site. This allows for quick and efficient testing, with results available within a matter of hours rather than days.

Faster Diagnosis and Treatment

One of the main benefits of having an in-house laboratory is the ability to provide faster diagnosis and treatment for our patients. With on-site testing, we can quickly identify any health issues and begin treatment immediately. This can be crucial in emergency situations where time is of the essence.

Convenience for Clients

Having an in-house laboratory also offers convenience for you, our clients. You no longer have to wait for days to receive test results!

Parasite Testing

Parasite testing is an important part of routine veterinary care for dogs and cats. It involves collecting a small sample of your pet's feces and testing it for the presence of parasites. This can help identify any potential health issues and allow for early treatment. It is recommended to have your pet tested for parasites at least once a year, or more frequently if they spend a lot of time outdoors or have a history of parasite infestations.

Types of Common Parasites in Dogs and Cats

There are several types of parasites that can affect dogs and cats, including fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal worms. Fleas and ticks are external parasites that can cause irritation and skin infections in pets. Heartworms are internal parasites that can cause serious heart and lung damage if left untreated. Intestinal worms, such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms, can cause digestive issues and malnutrition in pets. These parasites can be found in both dogs and cats, and can be easily transmitted from one pet to another.

Signs and Symptoms of Intestinal Parasites in Dogs and Cats

The signs and symptoms of intestinal parasites in dogs and cats can vary depending on the type of parasite and the severity of the infection. Some common signs and symptoms to look out for include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Lethargy
  • Poor coat condition
  • Visible worms in feces or vomit
  • Itching around the anus
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, it is important to schedule an appointment for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of Heartworms in Dogs and Cats

The signs and symptoms of heartworms in dogs and cats can vary depending on the severity of the infection. Some common signs and symptoms to look out for include:

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased appetite
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Collapse
  • Sudden death

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, it is crucial to seek immediate veterinary care.

FeLV and FIV

FeLV and FIV are both viral infections that can affect cats. FeLV is a retrovirus that attacks the immune system, making cats more susceptible to other infections and diseases. FIV, on the other hand, is a lentivirus that also weakens the immune system, but it specifically targets and destroys white blood cells. Both of these viruses can be transmitted through bodily fluids, such as saliva and blood, and can be passed from mother to kitten during pregnancy or nursing.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of FeLV and FIV can vary, but some common indicators include:

  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Recurring infections.

Cats with FeLV may also experience anemia, diarrhea, and reproductive issues, while cats with FIV may develop dental problems and skin infections. It is important to note that some cats may not show any symptoms at all, making regular testing crucial for early detection and treatment.


If you suspect that your cat may have been exposed to FeLV or FIV, it is important to have them tested as soon as possible. We can perform a simple blood test to check for the presence of these viruses. It is recommended to test all cats, especially those that spend time outdoors or have been in contact with other cats. Kittens should also be tested, as they may have been exposed to the virus from their mother.

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