The physical examination is one of the most important procedures we do at Great Northwest Animal Hospital. It sets the foundation for the remainder of the visit. Whether you're pet is visiting for a wellness visit or they are just feeling under the weather today, the doctor's findings during the examination will help determine what the next step needs to be.
Your pet's physical exam will include the following: Ears, Eyes, Nose, Teeth and Oral Cavity, Skin, Musculoskeletal System and Mobility, Nervous System, Abdominal Palpation, Lymph Nodes and more.
Diagnostics and Laboratory
Our in-house laboratory provides rapid results when time is of the essence. A CBC machine will give in-depth information about your pet's red and white blood cells helping to identify anemias, infections and much more. On the other hand, the chemistry analyzer looks at your pet's liver, kidney, electrolytes, and proteins. A urine analyzer and sediment evaluation provide information about possible urinary infections, stones, polyps and other issues. Together, these tests give a comprehensive view of the internal workings of your pet.
Microscopic evaluations of urine, tissue and blood provides knowledge at the cellular level about conditions that may need urgent attention.
From elective procedures like spays and neuters to emergency procedures like foreign bodies and splenic masses, the doctors at Great Northwest Animal Hospital are able to provide your pet the care they need in a timely manner. Advanced orthopedic procedures such as fractures and cruciate ligament tears are cared for by local boarded surgeons who come right to our facility. This allows your pet's care to be overseen by the doctors you know and trust.
Dental cleaning procedures help ensure your pet's teeth stay clean and healthy for years to come. However, when tartar and gingivitis result in periodontal disease, our doctors are equipped with the latest skills and technology to repair, restore or remove these teeth.
Ultrasound gives a live image of the internal structures within your loved one. It allows us to identify masses, growths, changes in layering, fluid accumulation, inflammation and much more. This valuable diagnostic tool has largely replaced the need for performing exploratory surgeries. When your pet receives an ultrasound, many times we have a diagnosis, but if questions still exist, we can also obtain minimally invasive biopsies or cytologies.
Digital radiographs provide a still image of the internal structures of your pet. It is most commonly used to identify orthopedic issues like fractures, chips or luxations, but it can also provide valuable information about the lungs, abdominal organs and more. Our digital technology provides instant results which means your pet doesn't have to wait under sedation for the images to be developed. It also means we can seamlessly share the images with surgeons or other specialists who may be assisting in the healthcare of your pet.