Blood Pressure Monitoring
High blood pressure can be just as dangerous for your pet as it is for you. High blood pressure–also known as hypertension–is far more common in pets than many people realize and can cause a number of serious illnesses such as renal disease, heart disease, diabetes, hypothyroidism and more.
Blood pressure is also an important consideration during surgery because increases or decreases in blood pressure can indicate a serious surgical issue such as a negative reaction to anesthesia.
For these reasons, we recommend regular blood pressure screenings for your pet during routine wellness checkups. This allows your veterinarian to set a baseline blood pressure for your pet as well as notice if there is any indication of hypertension. However, measuring your pet's blood pressure accurately can be a bit tricky. Not only do our pets not like to stand still while their blood pressure is being read, their fur and small veins makes getting an accurate measurement difficult.
This is why your veterinarian may use an ultrasonic Doppler blood pressure monitor. These are highly reliable and accurate instruments that allow your veterinarian to easily and painlessly measure your pet's blood pressure. After your pet's blood pressure has been measured, your veterinarian will explain the results and provide treatment options if necessary. Your veterinarian will also discuss with you home care strategies to prevent hypertension in your pet as well as the signs and symptoms of hypertension.
Tonometry (Glaucoma Testing)
Glaucoma doesn't only affect humans; your pet can develop it too. Glaucoma is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing loss of vision and blindness. Glaucoma can develop as your pet ages–this is known as chronic glaucoma–or as the result of an injury or illness–this is known as acute glaucoma. In many cases glaucoma can progress quite rapidly–especially when it is the result of injury or underlying illness–and is considered an emergency situation. Symptoms to look for include:
Redness in the eye;
Tearing or discharge;
Eye sensitivity to light;
The eye may look cloudy;
Due to the severity and incidence of glaucoma, we recommend that you have your pet checked regularly for this disease. A routine glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but can also help set a baseline measurement for your pet. Setting a baseline measurement is important because normal Intraocular Pressure (IOP) can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.
Your veterinarian will most likely use an instrument called a Tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside your pet's eyes. It is a noninvasive procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort; though your veterinarian will apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.
The examination is very quick to perform and once done, your veterinarian will explain your pet's measurement, what it tells us about the health of your pet's eyes, and provide any treatment options if necessary.
Radiology is the most common form of diagnostic imaging. Radiology allows us to view the shape, size and location of organs inside your pet's body. Radiographs or X-rays are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. Radiographs are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. Radiographs can detect a fractured bone, joint disease, cancerous tumor, heart problem or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's stomach or intestine. We perform radiographs for evaluation and in certain instances, such as when issues in the hips are suspected.
Randolph Animal Hospital uses the latest radiology equipment as part of your pet's diagnostic care. Most radiographs are interpreted immediately by our experienced veterinarians. In complicated cases, your pet's radiographs are sent to area radiology specialists. All this is done in order to provide your pet with the best care and treatment possible.
An otoscopic examination of your pet's ears is an important part of your pet's regular wellness checkups. During your pet's lifetime, he or she may develop a number of painful and sometimes dangerous conditions in their ears. These can include ear mites, infections, hair balls and other foreign objects lodged in the ear, as well as damage to the ear canal and ear drum.
Since early detection of these issues is important to preventing serious illness and hearing loss, your veterinarian will examine your pet's ears using an otoscope. By looking into the ear with an otoscope, your veterinarian is able to look for signs of infection, ear mites, foreign objects, and any other indications of underlying disease in or around the ear. Your veterinarian is also able to check the health of the ear drum, which can provide important information as to the health of the middle ear. This is where the mechanisms for hearing and balance are located.
The otoscopic examination takes only a few moments and does not cause any pain or discomfort to your pet. Once completed, your veterinarian will discuss with you the health of your pet's ears as well as any treatment options if necessary. Your veterinarian will also provide you with information on the signs and symptoms that may indicate an issue with your pet's ears as well as instructions for proper ear care at home.
Blood and laboratory tests are often very helpful in making an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition and as an indicator of your pet's overall health. Many conditions can only be detected with labatory tests such as blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations and bacterial culture or sensitivity.
We are equipped with sophisticated instruments that allow us to measure many laboratory values. In addition to our offsite laboratory services, our in-house diagnostic capabilities allow us to get results pre-surgically or in an emergency within minutes.
Our extensive laboratory services provide information that is critical to your sick or injured pet. Our technicians are highly trained at performing laboratory tests and many results are available within minutes. Along with our laboratory capabilities, we also work with several outside referral laboratories if your pet requires more specialized testing.