Advanced Veterinary Diagnostic
and X-ray Technology
The first step in designing an effective treatment plan for an illness or injury is an accurate diagnosis. At Odyssey Veterinary Care, we are committed to providing the most up-to-date technologies for diagnosing and detecting conditions that threaten your pet’s health. Our comprehensive set of diagnostic services includes digital X-rays, an in-house laboratory, and ultrasound imaging.
Digital X-rays function as a non-invasive method for viewing your pet’s organs and bones. Many conditions, such as masses, tumors, fluid accumulation, heart disease, intestinal abnormalities, changes in the spleen and liver size, obstructions, fractures, bladder stones, and arthritis can be detected with enhanced reliability and precision using digital technology. Digital X-rays also allow us to locate swallowed foreign objects (we have found toys, socks, dental floss, coins, and even razor blades).
Much like pictures taken with a digital camera, digital X-ray images can be viewed on a computer screen immediately after they are captured. This results in fewer retakes and more precise images. In addition, digital X-rays can easily be archived, copied, or transferred to referring veterinary specialists when needed.
In-house Lab Services
There may be occasions when your pet is ill but a thorough physical exam is not enough to determine the cause of his or her illness. Our complete in-house laboratory gives us the capability to perform an array of diagnostic tests (with same day results) including:
- Urinalysis and urine culture
- Complete blood count and differential
- Blood chemistry, thyroid, and electrolyte levels
- Cytology—solid tissue and fluid analysis
- Ear cytology
- Skin scraping/analysis
- Heartworm/Lyme/ehrlichia/anaplasma testing
- Intestinal parasite screening
- Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) testing
- Fungal cultures
- Pancreatitis testing
- Giardia fecal test
While diagnostic lab results are vital when you pet is ill, we may recommend running some laboratory tests when your furry friend is healthy to determine your pet’s “baseline” values. Then, if your pet does become ill, current laboratory results can be compared to the established “baseline” to determine if the current values are irregular. Regular lab work is also done to monitor pets taking certain medications, such as thyroid supplements and suppressants, seizure medication, pain medications, or cortisone, to ensure safe and adequate levels of the medications are being used.
Ultrasound technology is a painless, non-invasive diagnostic tool that allows our veterinarians to obtain real-time images of the inner workings of your animal companion. At Odyssey Veterinary Care, we use board-certified specialists to ultrasound your pet’s heart or abdomen. Ultrasounds of the heart, or echocardiograms (ECHOs), are used to diagnose and assess heart problems. Abdominal ultrasound allows more precise evaluation of the abdominal organs, masses, fluid, bladder or kidney stones, intestinal wall thickness, and lymph node enlargement. An ultrasound can also be used to safely collect diagnostic samples of an area of concern, often allowing for an accurate diagnosis without the need for surgery.
Odyssey goes above and beyond my expectations, and truly cares about my dog. We will always come back to Odyssey and highly recommend it to anyone who asks!
Dr. Bruss is great—he is very kind and caring. He called us several times to explain our options and didn’t pressure us to make a particular decision.
My dog sees Dr. Stokes for his vet care and she is the best vet ever. She understands my dog’s unique needs and I highly recommend them!
No matter which vet we've seen, they’ve always been loving and compassionate whether we were there just for yearly vaccinations or for something a bit more serious.
I am in love with all of the staff at this facility. If I could, I would want to be treated there, but sadly, they only take the four legged types...
Wouldn’t go anywhere else! I feel surrounded by people that love animals as much as I do. Wouldn’t change a thing.
Services are very reasonably priced and we've never felt like we had any unnecessary procedures or products pushed on us. we really feel that we can trust Dr. Bruss and Odyssey Veterinary Care with our cats’ health.
— Onion Girl
Dr. stokes has seen our family through kitten to senior cat, puppy and loss of dog, new puppy and everything in the middle! We think the care our animals get here is top notch!
Great people, great care! You've all made such a difference in my life and Abby's too. Thanks Odyssey Staff!
When they prescribed my dog eye drops for an infection, they gave me the instructions and then called me within a 48 hour period to ask me how the medication was going and if I had any questions.
They are very friendly and very thorough. The dog loves them, and she’s shy, so that’s a good thing. We have always had a lot of confidence in what they have told us.
They happily accommodate our special request to see our big dogs in their fenced back yard, since our 100-pound German Shepherd gets nervous in a small examination room.
We bring our dog to Odyssey Vet Clinic and will continue to do so as long as we live in this area. They are the best vets we’ve ever had.
They are very friendly, and they always remind you of when your appointments are. They are the top veterinary hospital in Madison. They are very good.