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8065 SE 13th Avenue

Portland, OR 97202

Diagnostic Testing

In-House Laboratory ​

Sometimes health problems are not clearly evident on physical examination and more information is necessary to “get to the bottom” of a symptom. For example, many different conditions can cause weight loss in adult cats. Finding the nature of a troublesome symptom can be key to its resolution. In addition, early problem detection before symptoms are even noticeable can be very important for a creature who keeps secrets so well. Laboratory tests like a complete blood count or a urinalysis may be your doctor’s best tool for a positive outcome. Minimizing the risk of anesthetic procedures or surgery is a second reason for performing additional laboratory tests.


Radiographs show the size and shape of the internal organs and bones. Our equipment is digital so it provides amazing detail and increased accuracy in your pet’s diagnosis. Most of the time your pet will be able to lay on the X-ray table with gentle assistance from our technicians. At times, though, we may need to give your pet some sedation or pain relief medication to help him/her be more relaxed. Our doctors will always discuss their recommendations with you first. Sometimes, it is helpful to have a radiologist examine the X-ray in complicated situations or if your doctor feels additional information is required. We consult with board certified radiologists to make sure your cat’s X-ray provides the most detailed information.


We use ultrasound to visualize your pet’s internal organs. Most of the time we will be examining the bladder while collecting a urine sample. This non-invasive test provides information not available in radiographs. We will always invite you to join your pet so that you can stay involved at every step. For more complex ultrasound studies, we invite a board certified radiologist to visit our hospital with their own preferred ultrasound system. Making sure we obtain all the information we need for the best outcome is our number one goal.


When it comes to cardiology, blood pressure measurement is probably the most familiar to you. Your blood pressure is tested nearly every time you visit your doctor! This test is important for pets as well. Many conditions can make blood pressure rise with the potential to damage the heart. The cuffs we use for your pet are similar to the one used on you just smaller. Our nurses may wear headphones if the type of machine we are using is likely to make any noise that might disturb your pet. Another way to gather information about the heart is an Electrocardiogram or “ECG.” This too is done just like it would be done on you with clips placed on the chest in various spots. The ECG may accompany radiographs or ultrasounds of the heart to give our doctors a complete picture of what’s going on with your pet.