Pet Diagnostics and Lab Testing

Your Pet's X-Rays

Tucson veterinary pet xraysRadiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. Veterinary x-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An x-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet--and your veterinarian.

Spanish Trail Pet Clinic uses the latest in pet x-ray technology.

Tucson Veterinary Electrocardiographs (EKG)

Electrocardiographs (EKG) are snapshots of how your pet's heart functions. These are very helpful at detecting numerous types of arrhythmias as well as a handful of other cardiac conditions that can be difficult to identify through a stethoscope. You probably have seen an EKG machine–also known as an ECG machine–or have had one of these tests in your doctor's office as they are commonly used to test for and diagnose common heart conditions in humans.

An EKG test is a noninvasive procedure that involves simply connecting a handful of electrodes to your pet's skin. The machine will read the electrical impulses coming from the heart as the heart contracts and provide a graph for your veterinarian to read. If we notice any abnormalities we will explain them to you and advise you on next steps.

Our Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

Tucson veterinary pet labPerforming preventative medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results--blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations, bacterial culture sensitivity, and more--it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.

At Spanish Trail Pet Clinic we have a complete in-house pet laboratory that allows us to perform urinalysis, parasite identification, fungal cultures, and blood chemistry testing. We also maintain a collaborative relationship with a regional laboratory to provide more complicated testing and comprehensive analysis of lab results.