Diagnostic Internal Medicine

We provide a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures through in-house testing and the use of external laboratories. The facility includes a well-stocked pharmacy, in-hospital surgery suite, x-ray equipment, superior dental equipment, and a closely supervised hospitalization area.

General Blood Tests and Screening including Thyroid Panels.  Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize several commercial veterinary laboratories (IDEXX, HESKA, WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, AMAZON) for specialized diagnostics and consultations.

Electrocardiography Services. We provide ECG services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists. Allergy Testing and Skin Disease Consultation.

We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet.

Radiograph (x-ray) Services. At some point in your pet's life, we may need an x-ray or ultrasound as part of a diagnostic workup.  We are well equipped for this with our modern X-ray system. We also have the ability to directly consult boarded veterinary radiologists to assist us in x-ray review and interpretation.

Internal Parasite Screening (worms, etc). External Parasite Control Consultations (Fleas, ear mites, ticks, lice, etc). We will develop individualized flea control programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard, and on your pet.

The TonoPen is a device used to measure intraocular pressures, or the pressures within the eyes.  The TonoPen is essential to comfortable and non-invasive measurement of the eye pressures.  The TonoPen is used to diagnose and monitor the treatment of  painful eye diseases that affect the pressures within the eye, such as glaucoma and uveitis.

Urine Analysis. Your pet’s urine can be analyzed to screen for and diagnose problems and diseases, such as urinary tract infections, urine crystals, bladder stones, diabetes, and kidney failure.

In-House Infectious Disease Screening.  We can screen for many infectious diseases in the clinic and while you wait.  The specific infectious diseases and agents that we can rapidly screen for include Parvovirus, Feline Leukemia Virus, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Heartworm Disease, Coccidia, Giardia, Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, and others.

Diagnostic Bacterial Cultures. Bacterial cultures may be useful in a variety of situations, but are commonly used when treating complicated wounds, respiratory or lung infections, intestinal infections, skin infections, and urinary tract infections.  Samples can be collected and processed to identify the specific bacteria that is causing the infection.  This allows for more precise treatment of infections and allows for quicker and better outcomes.

Viral Screening with PCR. PCR is a way of identifying virus DNA in tissues and secretions.  We have been be able to diagnose definitively different viral infections, including herpesvirus and calicivirus.

Cytology Services (In-House).  Cytology, or the examination of cells, can be performed to diagnose specific problems and the causes of problems.  Ear cytology can help us understand your pet’s ear infection, so that we can recommend specific treatments.  Likewise, skin cytology will help us treat your pet’s difficult skin infection.  Cytology also helps us diagnose what those lumps and bumps on your pet’s body are and allows us to make appropriate recommendations.

Genetic Testing. We have a relationship with different diagnostic laboratories, in order to offer your current genetic testing that may save your pet’s life.  For example, we can screen your dog for Von Willebrand’s Disease, which is a bleeding disorder, or see if your dog carries the MDR1 gene mutation that causes some specific drug toxicities.