Diagnostics & Lab
In-House Vet Lab
At Aurora Veterinary Hospital, we have state-of-the-art tools to help quickly and accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology (X-rays) to ultrasound and ECG.
Electromagnetic radiation and other technologies allow our veterinary team to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
We can efficiently produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options with our diagnostic facilities.
In-House Veterinary Lab & Pharmacy in Seattle
Our in-house lab allows us to perform tests and get results quickly so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our Seattle veterinary pharmacy is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, enabling us to quickly access any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
Using our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, we can offer advanced diagnostic testing, allowing our vets to provide an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
With radiographs (digital X-rays), we can visually inspect your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be externally invisible.
Radiography is safe, painless and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation, enabling even pregnant female animals and very young pets can undergo this procedure.
Radiographs can be used to assess skeletal structures and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, and some tumors.
Diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to produce extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
With ultrasound imaging, we expose the body part in question to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.
Since we can observe ultrasound images in real-time, we're able to see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner.
At our diagnostic lab in Seattle, we can run a variety of common and specialized blood tests to determine the health of your pet, and to diagnose illness.
Some common veterinary blood tests performed at our clinic include CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
- ECG / EKG
If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and thinks your pet may have a heart condition. During this procedure, we usually take chest X-rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This procedure can be completed easily and quickly and can reveal data that may be integral to your pet's diagnosis. For some cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your cat or dog is suffering from periodontal disease, it may be hard to see, as much of this damage occurs below the gum line. Digital dental X-rays help our veterinarians assess your pet's oral health.
Digital X-rays are safe for your pet and allow our team of veterinary professionals to examine the roots, bones and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.
With digital X-Rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-Ray technology. We can see below your pet's gum line using this technology, enabling us to fully evaluate each tooth.
This technology allows your Seattle vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.