Dr. Gilbert did a residency in veterinary reproduction at Auburn University in which she had extensive training in ultrasonography. She carries that on in using ultrasound to evaluate the heart, liver, gall bladder, kidneys, adrenal glands, intestines, spleen, bladder as well as the reproductive organs; testicles, prostate, ovaries and uterus. The addition of ultrasound in diagnostics is invaluable. When used with radiographs, the information gained is multiplied and therefore the benefit to the patient is also multiplied. We have a state of the art Aloka ultrasound with color flow Doppler. Images are captured and saved in your pet’s file for current use, or to refer back to in the future.

Pancreatic Lipase

Pancreatitis was an elusive disease that was difficult to diagnose until now. Our outside laboratory has made it quick and easy to diagnose the pet with acute and chronic pancreatitis that many pets have improved quality of life. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas which secretes digestive enzymes. Dogs and cats with pancreatitis can have a range of signs from slightly decreased appetite to severe vomiting and diarrhea and everything in between. There are two tests available to us; a snap test which basically tells us normal or abnormal and a quantitative test which tells us ‘how bad’. Following up on pancreatitis patients can tell us what kind of diet a pet should have for the short and long-term.



This is a heart enzyme test to determine if the heart is in trouble. In the past, when a heart murmur was detected, the best recommendation was a complete heart work-up including radiographs, heart ultrasound, ECG, blood pressure, and complete blood testing. Now at the first diagnosis of a heart issue like heart murmur, arrhythmia, exercise intolerance, we can run the pro-BNP and if it is normal we know the heart is o.k. We then just retest annually and combined with physical exam monitor the pet. If the pro-BNP is abnormal, we proceed with the complete heart work-up knowing that it is money well spent to find out how to help our pets.

Off site Laboratory

For routine testing, we send blood and fecal samples to our ‘off site’ laboratory and get results within 24 hours in most cases. We also send samples for more complex testing including viral panels, bacterial cultures, heart enzymes, complete clotting profiles, etc.


In-house Laboratory

Our in-house laboratory is able to do complete blood cell counts (CBC), organ function tests (chemistry panel), blood clotting defects, and some endocrine testing. A CBC can identify infection, inflammation, anemia, and blood clotting information. The comprehensive chemistry panel tells us how the liver, pancreas, and kidneys are functioning as well as the electrolyte balance. We also have specialized clotting tests that are done prior to surgery and biopsies, or to identify certain toxins to ensure that your pet does not have a bleeding problem. We do routine thyroid testing (endocrine) in older dogs and cats.

Digital Radiography (X-Rays)

Digital radiographs are taken and evaluated immediately by the doctors. If additional information is needed, the images are sent via email to a board certified veterinary radiologist and a complete report is received the next day.

Dental radiography is also available before and after dentals by request or recommendation from our doctors. Full mouth dental radiographs include multiple images of the upper and lower quadrants showing the teeth and their roots system.


Blood Pressure

Yes, our pets can have hypertension also! We routinely screen geriatric, obese and heart disease patients for hypertension. We use similar medications for animals that humans take for their blood pressure problems.


Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An ECG is done to evaluate how the electrical activity of the heart is functioning. Problems identified are most commonly treated with medication.

Comprehensive Cardiac Work-up

For pets that have clinical problems related to heart murmurs, we do radiographs, heart ultrasound, ECG, and blood pressure to evaluate the heart fully and determine if medications are needed. All information is sent to a board certified veterinary cardiologist (heart specialist) who reviews it and makes recommendations for patient care, medication, and management.