With animals, just as with humans, not every medical condition can be easily detected on the surface of the skin. Diagnostic tools allow us to delve deeper to identify, diagnose and treat a number of these conditions. If and when a disease is present, diagnostic tools provide us with the opportunity to develop an appropriate course of treatment in a timely manner, thereby improving your pet’s chances of recovery.

Campbellford Veterinary Services offers a wide range of diagnostic services. Blood tests allow us to assess the proper functioning of your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system, including the thyroid gland and adrenal glands. Urine tests can detect similar problems. Depending on your pet’s condition, we may also recommend further diagnostic tests such as radiography (X-rays), endoscopy (internal scoping), ultrasound or surgery. Additionally, our in-house laboratory facilitates fast and accurate test results so that whatever is bothering your pet, we can identify and address it in a timely manner.

Most diagnostic tests can be run in-house for quick results and peace of mind.

Radiology (X-rays)

Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines and colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It 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.  Our new digital radiology unit provides images with amazing detail to aid in diagnosis.


Ultrasonography, or ultrasound, is a diagnostic imaging technique similar to radiography and is typically used in conjunction with x-ray and other diagnostic measures. It allows visualization of the deep structures of the body. Ultrasound can be used for a variety of purposes including examination of the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder etc. It can also be used to detect fluid, cysts, tumors or abscesses. Ultrasound is a painless procedure with no known side effects. It does not involve radiation.


A heart problem can affect your pet at any age, although it is more often found in older pets. Many heart problems can be identified during routine physical examinations. Additional tests, such as EKGs (electrocardiograms), radiographs (X-rays), and ultrasounds, are usually required to accurately identify the cause of the heart disease. Heart disease is a serious, life threatening condition but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life.