When a pet is sick or has been injured, it’s not always easy to detect the signs of a problem by simply looking at them – especially if the illness or injury is internal. What’s more, many animals can tolerate pain and can therefore mask the signs of a problem for a long time, exhibiting few to no signs that something is wrong until the condition has progressed or worsened.

The only way to truly manage the health of your pet is through veterinary diagnostics. These tools allow our veterinarians to get a glimpse beneath the surface of the skin and learn exactly what’s happening inside your pet’s body. We can then effectively diagnose and treat whatever may be ailing your pet in a timely manner.

The comprehensive veterinary diagnostic services offered at Don Head Village Animal Clinic include everything from routine blood work and urinalysis to more complex diagnostic techniques, like digital x-ray and ultrasound imaging. Our hospital uses a local, internationally reputable veterinary-specific laboratory, where we are able to run a broad range of tests and obtain accurate results quickly. This is especially important for cases in which time is of the essence and a timely diagnosis is critical.

When it comes to staying on top of your pet’s ongoing health, and identifying medical problems in a timely manner, veterinary diagnostics are our most valuable tools. The sooner we get to the bottom of the problem, the sooner we can have your pet back on the path to good health again.

Digital Radiology (X-Ray)

This type of imaging uses an x-ray beam which passes painlessly through the body, capturing images digitally. These images can then be closely analyzed and evaluated on a specialized, high-resolution screen to look for any abnormalities or inconsistencies that may need to be addressed. We use x-ray imaging to examine the bones, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, heart, and genitourinary system.

Radiology can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or rule out possible problems. Here at DHVAC, we utilize digital x-ray, which allows us to instantly obtain images and share them electronically, should the need for the opinion of a specialist be deemed necessary.


Ultrasonography, or ultrasound, is a diagnostic imaging technique similar to x-rays and is usually used in conjunction with radiography and other diagnostic measures. It allows visualization inside of the deep structures of the body.  The process uses sound waves that are transmitted painlessly into the body where they bounce off various organs and internal structures and are fed back to produce images on a monitor.

We have a Boarded Veterinary Radiologist performing the ultrasound for our patients – this means we have an immediate response and diagnostic report to guide treatment for the diagnosed disease.

We use ultrasound imaging to examine the internal organs, including the heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder. We can also use it to detect and monitor the progress of pregnancy. Ultrasound is a painless procedure with no known side effects, and it does not use radiation.