Advanced Veterinary Diagnostic Service

Advanced Veterinary Diagnostics

Our formula for a healthy pet is:


Prevention + Early Detection + Quality Treatment = Enhanced Life and Health

While prevention lies in wellness care and vaccines, the key to early detection of problems in your pet is to use the most advanced veterinary diagnostic equipment and technology, combined with the service of skilled professionals. Tropicana Animal Hospital gives you both!

In a healthy animal, we run laboratory tests during the initial wellness exam to establish "baseline" values for your pet. We may run such laboratory tests as:

  • CBC (complete blood count)—measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in a sample; these numbers give us information to help diagnose infections, anemia, and leukemia
  • Chemistry panel—measures electrolytes, enzymes, and chemical elements such as calcium and phosphorous levels; these measurements help determine how the animal's organs (kidneys, pancreas, and liver) are functioning
  • Urinalysis—testing of the urine helps detect the presence of notable substances such as protein, sugar, white blood cells, or blood; the concentration of urine can also indicate a possible illness. Urinalysis helps diagnose urinary-tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems, and more

Then, if your pet should get sick, we compare the new lab work to the previous baseline values to determine the exact level of abnormality.

When your pet is sick, we also use laboratory tests to confirm the presence of illnesses and to rule out other diseases. Sometimes we may need to use lab tests during the treatment of a disease or illness, to see how your pet is responding to treatment.

When a pet is scheduled for surgery, we typically run pre-surgical screening tests to determine risk of complications while under general anesthesia. Read more about this on our Pet Surgery page.

To diagnose internal injuries or other concerns, we use some of the finest equipment available today.

  • Radiology—X-rays or digital radiographs help our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary systems. Digital technology allows for a high-resolution image displayed immediately—no more waiting for the technician to develop film or run the risk of having to repeat the procedure. Digital radiology is much faster and easier to read, so that we may begin treatment for animals in need without the delays of old-fashioned equipment.
  • Ultrasound—This non-invasive, state-of-the-art technology uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs, primarily the heart and abdominal organs. Here's how it works: A device called a transducer emits very high frequency sound waves into the animal's body and measures when the waves bounce back. A computer interprets the pattern of sound reflection and creates either a still picture or a moving image on a monitor. Advantages to this procedure are that it is painless and requires no chemicals, radiation, or entry into the body. It is safe to use on delicate tissue like the retina, the spinal cord, and developing fetuses, making it especially useful technology for safe pregnancy exams.

Digital dental x-rays are very useful in discovering hidden problems in the mouth, such as dental decay or deep infections. Read more about the importance of this technology on our Pet Dental Care page.

At Tropicana Animal Hospital, early detection of illness or injury—through our advanced diagnostic technologies and skilled professionals—enhances the quality of life for your pet.