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690 Marketplace Plaza, Suite #B3 Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
970-879-7200
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Diagnostics

Bloodwork

At Mountain Peaks Veterinary Clinic we know that your pet deserves the best care possible, and sometimes that care requires laboratory work and testing to understand your pet’s health. Bloodwork is a very important way of looking inside your pet and evaluating the function of internal organs, blood cells and the endocrine system. Laboratory tests are a crucial means by which your veterinarian can diagnose blood disorders, kidney and liver diseases, diabetes, infection, cancer, thyroid diseases, and other hormonal problems.

It is a valuable aid if your pet is sick to help with the diagnosis, as well as a way to establish a valuable baseline if you’re pet is healthy. The promotion of quality pet health care through a wellness program can add years of vitality and extend your pet's quality of life. This is especially important in older animals as things can change internally before we ever see symptoms develop.

We offer a full suite of lab work and testing for your pet allowing immediate, quality results, including:

  • Full Blood Screens
  • Pre-Surgical Blood Panels
  • Complete Blood Counts
  • Endocrine System Testing
  • Thyroid Panels
  • Adrenal Gland Panels
  • Endocrine System Testing: Thyroid Panels and Adrenal Gland Panels

We also perform bloodwork before any procedure requiring anesthesia. This will help assure that your pet is healthy enough to eliminate the medications given during the procedure. Immediate lab results are critical in life threatening situations for animals; we maintain relationships with laboratories throughout the USA depending on the urgency and type of laboratory test needed.

Lumps and bumps

Have you ever found a lump on your pet and wondered what it was? We can help you find out. We can do either a simple needle aspirate (performed during your office visit), or a complete surgical excision and biopsy for a more complete diagnosis. Either way, we will give you the information you need about your pet’s lump or bump.

X-rays

We take x-rays to get an inside look at joints, bones, internal organs and the spinal column. We also take dental x-rays to identify problems with teeth that are not obvious on casual exam. Click here for more information on dental care. We will discuss the benefits of x-rays in your pet’s case to help you decide if this is a valuable option.

Ultrasound

Mountain Peaks Veterinary Clinic is proud to offer ultrasound examinations as part our diagnostic capabilities. Most people are familiar with ultrasound due to its frequent use in pre-natal exams, but this non-invasive technology has a wide range of applications. An ultrasound exam is an excellent diagnostic tool for evaluating your pet because it provides a real-time view of your pet's organs, thus providing information that is not obtainable in any other fashion. It provides more detailed information about organ structure and disease than a traditional x-ray.

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart that will measure the size and function of all chambers and valves. It is an essential tool in the proper diagnosis of heart disease in your pet. Both of these procedures are performed by board-certified specialists that will meet you at our clinic to examine your pet.

While ultrasound is most commonly used to evaluate the abdomen and the heart (an ultrasound exam of the heart is frequently termed an "echocardiogram"), it can be used to evaluate the eye, lymph nodes, the thyroid gland, the larynx, and virtually any part of the body.

Urinalysis

This is a chemical and microscopic examination of your pet’s urine to check for infection, evaluate kidney function, and check for signs of other disease such as bladder stones or diabetes.

Fecal exams 

A microscopic examination of your pet’s stool will check for internal parasite and certain disease-causing microorganisms.

Skin and Ear

A microscopic exam of the skin or ear will reveal the presence of mites, yeast, bacteria infections, and more.

Cultures - Fungal, Anaerobic, or Aerobic

This is a test that will grow ringworm and other fungal infection to determine if this is a cause of skin disease in your pet.

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