We use advanced veterinary technology to ensure the best possible treatment outcomes for our patients.
In-House Veterinary Laboratory
At Poster Veterinary Associates, we're equipped with a full service veterinary laboratory that allows us to perform a variety of tests and get results quickly. With these tools, we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and start treatment as soon as possible. Tests include:
- Complete Blood Counts
- Blood Chemistry Panels
- Heartworm Detection
- Fecal Exams
- Intestinal Parasite Testing
- Electrolyte Evaluation
- Cytology (Skin & Ear)
- Feline Leukemia
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
Our pharmacy is stocked with a range of medications and prescription diets, giving us quick access to any medications your pets may need while in our care. You can also fill and refill your pet’s prescriptions during your visits or at your convenience.
Diagnostic imaging uses electromagnetic radiation and other technologies to generate extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures and help provide an accurate medical diagnosis.
At Poster Veterinary Associates, we offer digital x-rays and ultrasound to learn what's happening inside your pet and provide you with the most effective treatment options.
Ultrasound is non-invasive and uses sound waves transmitted into the animal's body, creating an image that allows your vet to look at the internal organs and their architecture.
With ultrasound, our Westport vets can distinguish fluid from soft tissue masses or foreign bodies, which can be difficult to do with a digital x-ray.
Ultrasound is useful in diagnosing patients for hemoabdomen and pericardial effusion (blood in the abdomen and around the heart) in animal patients.
When your pet has tumors or ingests something he or she shouldn’t have, ultrasound can help locate and characterize the objects.
Radiography (Digital X-Rays)
A radiograph, or x-ray, is a type of photograph that can look inside the body and reveal important information that may not be easily identified from the outside.
Radiography uses only very low doses of radiation, and it is painless, safe, and completely non-invasive. With such a low level of radiation exposure, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo radiography.
Our Fairfield County vets use radiographs to evaluate bones and organs and diagnose conditions including bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, spinal cord diseases and some tumors.
Cold Laser Therapy
Our Westport vets use cold laser therapy, a non-surgical therapeutic treatment, to treat inflammation and pain in animals. Cold laser therapy is pain-free, drug-free, and can be combined with other treatments.
Your cat or dog may be a candidate for cold laser surgery if he or she has suffered an injury, undergone surgery, or experiences painful conditions like arthritis.
How Cold Lasers Work
Cold lasers generate focused light that stimulates the tissue of your pet's skin, both at and below the surface. The light produces a biochemical effect that promotes cellular energy and regeneration, resulting in tissue repair, better circulation and pain relief for your pet.
Cold laser therapy can be used for treating a wide range of diseases, injuries and other conditions in pets. Among others, these include musculoskeletal injuries, soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains) and arthritis.
It is often recommended in use cold lasers in conjunction with other treatments
The Cold Laser Therapy Procedure
Your pet will be given a full physical exam, including x-rays if needed, before treatment begins. The laser wand is then used on the area that needs to be treated. Sessions typically last between 5 and 20 minutes.
Cold laser therapy has a cumulative effect, so you will likely be prescribed multiple treatment sessions. Adhere to the frequency recommended by your veterinarian for best results.