Internal Medicine & Diagnostics
We are well equipped with modern equipment to provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pets' complete health care needs. While our excellent veterinarians provide the very best primary veterinary care possible, we refer to board certified specialists when needed. Our capable veterinarians cover all areas of internal medicine including: Cardiology; Ophthalmology; Neurology; Dermatology; Gastroenterology; Oncology; Endocrinology; among others.
Radiology Services: Radiology or X-rays help our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. Our on-site X-ray equipment aids in the diagnosis of many disorders. Our dental x-ray unit provides the ability to take intra-oral dental x-rays.
Ultrasound: Ultrasound is the best available tool for evaluating internal organs in the abdomen as well as the heart. Ultrasound guided biopsies and aspirates allow the veterinarian to sample internal organs or fluids without more invasive surgical procedures. It is also used to make routine procedures such as cystocentesis (using a needle to remove urine from the bladder) safer and more reliable. Ultrasound is noninvasive and very safe.
Dr. Zucker's extensive background in ultrasound permits him to use our state-of-the-art GE logiq Book digital ultrasound to diagnose and monitor a wide range of serious conditions including internal injuries, cancer, heart disease and other vital organ ailments.
Laboratory: We use both our comprehensive "in-house" laboratory and also "send-out" labs to perform a comprehensive range of sophisticated laboratory analyses to meet the varied needs of our patients.
When immediate results are needed for prompt diagnosis, we have the capability to complete a wide range of essential laboratory analyses in a matter of minutes. Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. The IDEXX lasercyte cbc (Complete Blood Count) Hematology machine allows us to perform very important hematology blood analysis in-house so that when time counts we can do comprehensive blood analysis in minutes. The cbc machine complements our IDEXX Vet Test blood chemistries machine to allow us to use blood testing to help identify illness, disease, organ dysfunction and many other conditions in a matter of minutes.
We utilize high quality "send-out" commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations. We often send blood work away to our outside lab, but there is a two (or more) day turn around time for send-out blood work so in some situations, such as with a sick pet needing immediate diagnosis or with pre-anesthetic testing when there is not time for send-out blood work, it is better to be able to do the analysis immediately, in-house.
Dietary Counseling: Some pets require special food, and all pets benefit from a balanced diet. We will provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance. Our trained staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep him or her happy, healthy and active. Prescriptions diets can help pets with a wide range of medical issues -- from dental disease, kidney disease, allergies and weight issues, many serious medical issues can be successfully managed through diet change. We carry a comprehensive range of prescription diets.
Pain Management: Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care. At Animal Medical Center, appropriate pain control is considered a fundamental part of every procedure. Our estimates (including spay and neuter operations) always include needed pain control as part of the basic procedure. Click here for more information about pain control at AMC.
Hospice Care & Euthanasia: Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful for you and for us as well. We respect and honor the differing needs of pet owners during this difficult time. We compassionately work with our clients to assist you in deciding when to let go and to ensure their pet's comfort and dignity when the time comes to say good bye. Our services include hospice care to alleviate suffering while gaining additional time for terminal patients, euthanasia services when the time has come to let go and cremation services.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (304) 292-0126 or request your pet's appointment online!