Veterinary Services

Pet Diagnostic Services in Portland, Maine

When your pet becomes suddenly unwell or in an emergency, prompt diagnostic test results are essential for helping your veterinarian come up with the best treatment plan. Modern hospital lab equipment allows us to produce test results in a matter of minutes.

Pet Diagnostic

Pet Diagnostic Services

Early detection is key when it comes to treating your pet, and our state-of-the-art veterinary hospital is equipped with comprehensive in-house diagnostics, including radiology and ultrasound services, as well as an on-site laboratory. This obviously saves time and money. More importantly, we’re able to diagnose your pet quickly and accurately, providing you with priceless peace of mind.

Depending on the reason for your pet’s visit, we might recommend digital X-rays or radiographs. X-rays use electromagnetic radiation directed toward the body to highlight objects within. They can detect abnormalities, including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies, and dental disease. The fact that our X-ray capabilities are digital means that images are instantly available, incredibly precise, and easily shared.

Ultrasound is another powerful diagnostic tool at our disposal. Ultrasound creates a real-time image of an animal’s body. This composite reveals important information about internal processes, including the circulatory, skeletal, and gastrointestinal systems. It can be used to identify disease, blockages, skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, and other internal injuries.

Many diagnoses are, of course, dependent not on imaging services but on laboratory tests. We’re able to perform various blood tests, pre-anesthetic bloodwork, and other types of testing on-site instead of sending samples to an outside lab, and the result is, again, a more efficient approach to treatment.

Testing provided in the hospital includes:

  • Complete Blood Counts (CBC)
  • Blood Chemistry Panels (assessing organ health)
  • Electrolyte Panels (essential for critical care)
  • Heartworm/Lyme/Anaplasma/Ehrlichia/Feline Leukemia/Giardia testing
  • Urinalysis (Urine testing for disease or infections)
  • Fecal parasite screening

While we do offer an extensive range of on-site testing, it is possible that your pet may need laboratory work beyond our scope. For those cases, we are happy to send blood work or other testing to an outside lab that will send the results back to us.

Casco Bay Veterinary Hospital is proud to employ advanced imaging technologies and laboratory testing for the benefit of our pet patients. If you have questions about how we can put such technologies to work for your best friend, give us a call at (207) 761-8033 today!