Animal Health Care Denver

Diagnostic Care

Our facility is equipped with the most advanced technology and equipment for diagnostic care, from our cutting-edge lab essentials to x-rays, ultrasounds, and more.

Laboratory Services

At Animal Health Care Denver, we have a complete, modern veterinary laboratory. We utilize our in-house laboratory to conduct smaller, routine tests where we are able to get the results in a much shorter time frame than if we had to send blood work and other samples to a third party lab. We send our more complex diagnostic tests to Antech Diagnostics, who can provide us with timely and accurate testing when your pet is experiencing a more unique issue.

One of the most important elements of lab work is ensuring that your pet is comfortable and at-ease throughout the process. Our entire team is deeply trained on how to handle pets in a way that helps them remain calm and comfortable during lab work. We recognize that this process can be new and confusing for your pet, so we make every effort to reduce their stress level throughout the event.

X-Rays

Sometimes, an external exam of your pet doesn’t give us all the information we need to make a diagnosis or learn about a potential concern. That’s where diagnostic imaging comes in, allowing us to see inside your pet’s body and identify issues.

X-rays are one of the most common forms of diagnostic imaging. Completely safe and non-invasive, x-rays allow us to get a picture of your pet’s bones, organs, and internal systems to see whether things are functioning properly and where there may be an issue. Hearts, livers, lungs, kidney, bladders, and spinal cords can all be examined with the use of x-rays.

X-rays for pets are just like x-rays conducted on humans— they’re perfectly safe as the machine emits very little radiation.

Ultrasound

Where x-rays give us a static image of the inside of your pet’s body, ultrasounds can give us a live, real-time image of your pet’s abdominal and chest area as it functions. We can see their heart beat, their lungs inflate and deflate, and more. Why is this important? Because it allows us to see whether everything is working the way it should be or whether there are anomalies that need to be addressed.

Like x-rays, diagnostic ultrasounds are completely painless and noninvasive. We simply apply a cool gel to your pet’s skin in the area where the ultrasound will be conducted, then slide a smooth probe across the area which sends an image to a screen where we can monitor what’s going on inside. It’s just like common pregnancy ultrasounds given to expectant mothers

3-D Imaging

We are proud to offer a new 3-D imaging modality know as Computer Tomography (CAT Scan) at Animal Health Care Denver. Our new piece of equipment, the Vimago 3D Computer Tomography Scanner, provides our doctors with more precise data compared to traditional 2-D x-rays. CT Scanning has proven to be clinically superior to radiographs and has decreased the need for emergency surgery in many cases.

Our Vimago scanner offers a vast array of applications and should be the primary imaging modality for skulls, foreign bodies, thoraxes, abdomens, orthopedics, spines, and diagnostic fluoroscopies. Learn more about this service and equipment below.

Vimago 3D Computer Tomography Scanner

CT Scanning is proven to be clinically superior to radiographs and has decreased the need for emergency surgery in many cases. Because our patients are complex living beings, traditional 2-D x-rays are often unable to show us the actual cause of the problem. The Vimago provides resolution as small as 0.09mm which is about the thickness of a human hair. Clinicians can see the data in any angle, thickness or orientation leading to superior diagnostic confidence.

Our Vimago scanner offers a vast array of applications and should be the primary imaging modality for:

  • Skulls: sinus, nasal, ears (great for middle ear disease), brain lesions, trauma
  • Foreign Bodies: anywhere
  • Thorax: lungs, heart, met checks
  • Abdomen: liver, pancreas, kidneys, adrenals, GI, portosystemic shunts, oncology
  • Orthopedics: stifles, elbows, hips, carpus/tarsus, OCD, cartilage lesions, fractures, and soft tissue such as tenosynovitis
  • Spine: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and CT contrast myelography
  • Diagnostic Fluoroscopy: coughing, swallow studies, collapsing trachea.

Scans, from anesthesia to completion, typically take between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the number of sites scanned and the need for contract. All completed studies are sent to a radiologist and then back to you. At Animal Health Care Denver, your clients will receive a specialty experience at general practice fees. We are a small, locally-owned business that care about pet health.

Please call 303.288.6800 or email reception@ahcd.vet with any questions or to request an estimate.

Allergy & Dermatology Testing

Allergies in pets are extremely common, and they can affect everything from their breathing to their skin. No one wants to see their pet experience the discomfort of allergies, with all of their itching and rashes making your pet miserable.

That’s where we come in. If your pet seems to be suffering from allergic reactions, bring them in and we can help determine the source of the allergic reaction and what we can do to reduce or eliminate it. In some cases, this simply requires making a lifestyle change— a change of diet, for example. 

In other cases, we may prescribe medication designed to help alleviate allergy symptoms and get your pet back to feeling in tip-top shape.

ECG

An electrocardiogram records signals in the heart. It can be used to quickly identify heart problems and monitor the overall health of your pet’s heart.

Join the Animal Health Care Denver Family Today!

Located in the North Washington suburb of Denver. The hospital is directly off of exit 216 on I-25 and between E 68th Ave and E 66th Ave on Washington St.

Phone: 303.288.6800

Email: reception@ahcd.vet

  • Monday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Appointments are available between 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday and between 9:00am - 3:30pm on Saturdays.