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Diagnosing Pet Health Problem

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As veterinarians we are presented with patients that are ill but cannot tell us about their illness.The purpose of diagnostic testing is to improve the outcome of treatment for our patients.

These tests can give us an indication of your pet’s internal health. Our hospital has the capability to run many in-house diagnostic tests that result in shorter wait times and more convenience for our clients. We have the most current biochemistry and hematology equipment available.


At Cleveland Park Animal Hospital, skilled veterinarians and technicians coupled with the best available equipment and technology combine to quickly and effectively diagnose your pet. This diagnostic capability allows your pet to begin treatment and start feeling better as soon as possible.

However, some other advanced diagnostics may require us to submit tests and tissue samples to an outside laboratory. We are committed to using only the most trusted and reliable outside laboratories. Antech Diagnostic Laboratory, Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Animal Health Diagnostic Center Cornell University, and Clemson Diagnostic Laboratory are a few of the outside laboratories we partner with.

Examples of diagnostic tests include:

  • Blood Pressure Measurement
  • Complete Blood Cell Count
  • Serum Chemistries
  • Heartworm Disease, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasmosis
  • Serum Electrolytes
  • Urinalysis
  • Intestinal Parasite Exam
  • Bacterial Culture and Antimicrobial Sensitivity Testing
  • Skin Scrapings
  • Cytology

Radiology And Ultrasound Services At Cleveland Park Animal Hospital

By making use of digital radiology (x-rays) and ultrasonography (ultrasound) in our hospital clinic, we can help determine what is going on with your pet’s internal systems and develop a treatment plan to get your pet feeling his or her best again.

Digital Radiology (X-Ray)

Digital radiology allows our veterinarians to take images of the body, including:

  • Bones
  • Gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach, intestines, and colon
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Respiratory tract
  • Heart
  • Urinary system, including the bladder and prostate

By having digital x-ray technology available, our veterinarians are able to immediately capture digital images that can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic methods to determine what is wrong with your pet. If a consultation with a board certified radiologist is indicated, these images can easily be transmitted via telemedicine. Digital radiology makes us better at internal medicine, period.

Ultrasonography (Ultrasound)
Diagnostic equipment

Ultrasound, is a non-invasive, painless procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create a real-time image of your pet’s internal organs. It can also show blood flowing through blood vessels. Ultrasound imaging can be performed using minimal restraint or light sedation if needed. There are no long-term health risks associated with exposure to ultrasound.

Ultrasonography can also be used to evaluate cardiac function, and determine pregnancy, image the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, spleen, and pancreas. We can also use ultrasonography to help perform diagnosis, evaluate cardiac function and examine the eyes.

Our doctors work closely with Upstate Vet Emergency & Speciality Care to offer mobile abdominal ultrasound and echocardiograms in our hospital.

Call us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you and your pet!