Diagnostic Services



Radiographs (x-rays) are one of the most useful diagnostic tools for treating your pet. If a lump or growth is found on your pet's body during an exam, an x-ray can determine the size, shape and location of the mass. X-rays are also useful in pinpointing tumors and foreign bodies (such as bones or chew toys) in your pet's stomach and diagnosing heart and lung disease, gastrointestinal problems and bladder stones.

Bush Animal Clinic uses the latest x-ray equipment for your pet's care. Our modern equipment produces excellent, high-quality x-rays that are used to diagnose your pet's medical condition quickly and accurately.



Similar to an x-ray but often more accurate, an ultrasound provides a real-time, moving picture of your pet's insides. Used primarily for abdominal or cardiac illnesses, ultrasounds allow us to look inside your pet and perform organ biopsies that would otherwise require surgery. Used without anesthesia, ultrasound examinations are less invasive, less stressful and more comfortable for your pet when determining the cause of an illness. Bush Animal Clinic uses the latest veterinary ultrasound technology to help treat your pet.

Diagnostic Laboratory

Your pet cannot tell us when he or she is sick and sometimes, physical exams do not detect all the signs of disease. Routine blood testing helps us spot diseases, parasites and other health problems that may not be seen during a physical exam. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory can measure almost 100 laboratory values, with results often available in just a few minutes.

Our extensive laboratory services provide information that is critical to the sick or injured pet. We have access, both in-house and at our centralized reference laboratory, to extensive diagnostic testing, allowing animals to receive appropriate treatment in a timely manner. Our laboratory is capable of processing numerous blood tests, including chemistry profiles, blood glucose and complete blood counts (CBC). We also process pre-anesthetic blood tests, which are often necessary before your pet undergoes anesthesia and surgery.



Endoscopy is a minimally-invasive diagnostic procedure that is used to assess the interior surfaces of an organ. Endoscopes are flexible video cameras with working channels that are inserted into areas of the body (such as the gastrointestinal tract or the respiratory tract) for high-resolution investigation.

Endoscopy is commonly used for tissue and organ biopsies, to remove foreign objects (particularly in the stomach) or get an inside view of a particular part of your pet's body. Even though anesthesia is required to keep your pet still during the endoscopic procedure, compared to a traditional surgical procedure, the amount of anesthesia and recovery time is greatly reduced. Endoscopy is often indicated when routine blood and urine tests, radiographs and / or ultrasound do not give the complete diagnostic picture.

The endoscope is composed of a long tube (flexible or rigid), a light source, camera and viewing eyepiece. In addition to the fiber optic light source, there are two channels within in the tube. One channel is for passing forceps, snares or biopsy instruments, allowing for the removal of foreign objects, collection of biopsy samples and removal of small polyps or tumors. Air or water can be passed through the other channel for better viewing of the tissue or organ. Compared to traditional surgery, the benefits of endoscopy include shortened anesthesia time, decreased inflammation, less physiologic stress and discomfort and an earlier return to normal function. Even though general anesthesia is required for an endoscopic procedure, it is still considered much less invasive than traditional surgery due to the relatively short procedure time and low occurrence of complications.

Video Otoscopy

An otoscope is a small, lighted instrument that allows us to see down into your pet's outer ear canal. Similar to an endoscope, a video otoscope is equipped with a small camera that transmits images from the ear canal to a video monitor, giving our veterinarians an up-close view of your pet's ear during surgical and diagnostic procedures.




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Bush Animal Clinic • 2419 Dawson Road • Albany • Georgia • 31707 • (229) 439-7073