Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Our veterinary team uses electromagnetic radiation and other technologies when capturing diagnostic images. This lets our vets produce extremely detailed pictures of your cat or dog's internal structures.
At Companion Animal Hospital, we have the advanced tools onsite that we need to accurately diagnose your pet's medical conditions. We can provide you and your pet with a range of veterinary services, such as digital radiology, ultrasounds, and dental x-rays.
Our vets are able to efficiently produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options. This is thanks to the diagnostic imaging capabilities we have in our lab.
In-House Lab & Pet Pharmacy in Groton
We conduct tests and get fast results with the technology we have available at our in-house laboratory, helping us diagnose your cat or dog's symptoms and start treatment as early as possible.
Our veterinary pharmacy in Groton contains a variety of prescription diets and medications, giving us easy access to the medications your furry companion may require while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
We are excited to offer advanced diagnostic testing using our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab which lets our vets accurately diagnose your pet's medical conditions.
- Radiography (Digital X-Rays)
Using a digital x-ray/radiograph, our team can examine your pet's internal systems to find information that might be invisible on the outside.
Radiography is safe, painless, and non-invasive. It only uses very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to conduct radiography is very low, pregnant females and very young pets are able to undergo this procedure.
We can use radiographs to evaluate bones and organs to diagnose conditions such as broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, and some tumors.
With diagnostic imaging, our veterinarians can capture extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
Ultrasound imaging exposes a part of your pet's body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the body's insides.
Because we capture ultrasound images in real-time, we are 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 at our in-house lab means that we can get a fast diagnosis of your dog or cat's condition and start treatment sooner.
At our Groton vet lab we can run a number of common and specialized blood tests to determine the health of your cat or dog, and diagnose thier illness.
A few of the most common veterinary blood tests we perform are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is an important diagnostic test that gives your vet essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your cat or dog's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to assess the health of your pet's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also be helpful with finding problems in other organ systems and is key in diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick pets and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your cat or dog's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Groton.
The overall goal of a fecal exam is to detect and treat any GI infections that could be compromising the health of your pet and potentially the health of your family. Fecals help your vet determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites can make cats and dogs feel uncomfortable, irritable, and can cause more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to people.
Because these parasites reside in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden out of sight. The only way to find them is with a fecal exam.
A yearly fecal exam should be an essential part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
- ECG / EKG
If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and thinks your pet might have a heart disorder, our team will generally take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This procedure is quick and easy to perform. It reveals data that could be integral to your cat or dog's diagnosis. Sometimes, a cardiac ultrasound might also require to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your pet is suffering from periodontal disease, lots of the damage would be occurring beneath the gum line where it can't be seen easily. Digital dental X-Rays help our veterinarians assess your pet's oral health.
Digital X-Rays are safer for your pet. They help our team of experienced veterinary professionals examine the roots, bones, and internal anatomy of your dog or cat's teeth.
With digital X-Rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-Ray technology. Our vets are able to see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully examine every tooth.
This technology lets your Groton veterinarian see immediate results and project them onto a computer screen for review.