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Diagnostic Services

When your pet is ill, additional tests may be required to determine the cause of illness. With our state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory, digital x-ray technology, and ultrasound technology, we can perform an array of diagnostic tests that provide us with the information we need to fully diagnose your pet and begin therapy as quickly as possible.Viewing a patient x-ray at Confederate Woods

Digital X-Ray

At Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital, we use digital x-ray technology to help diagnose health problems inside your pet’s body. Digital x-ray technology (radiography) enables us to have instant images of your pet, and these images can easily be enhanced and magnified to show fine detail. We also have the ability to send your pet’s images instantaneously via email to a specialist if needed. As an added benefit to your pet, digital x-rays emit less radiation, so your pet’s exposure to x-rays is reduced while the quality of the image is enhanced. Digital x-ray is also eco-friendly, eliminating the need for film and developing.

What conditions require my pet to have an x-ray?

Our doctors will determine the need for additional diagnostic information at the time of your pet’s physical exam. Often x-rays are recommended if your pet has:

  • Sudden joint pain, swelling, or lameness
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Coughing, excessive panting, changes in their breathing, or difficulty breathing
  • Increased urination, inappropriate urination, or problems urinating
  • Weight loss

The X-ray images of your pet’s vital organs provide the data necessary to diagnose your pet’s illness. The detail provided in X-rays is often essential for the diagnosis of heart and lung disease, gastrointestinal disease, urinary tract disease, and cancer. Our digital technology and ability to consult with board-certified radiologists allow us to diagnose your pet’s illness with greater efficiency.


Ultrasound allows our doctors to “see” inside your pet. Because ultrasound uses sound waves to make an image, we can visualize your pet’s organs, such as their kidneys or liver, with this totally non-invasive imaging study that does not require anesthesia.

What conditions require my pet to have an ultrasound?

Our doctors utilize ultrasound primarily to diagnose causes of disease related to your pet’s liver, urinary tract, spleen, reproductive system, and gastrointestinal system. Ultrasound is often a recommended test to differentiate and diagnose:

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Bladder or urinary tract disease
  • Stomach and intestinal disease
  • Prostate disease
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Reproductive disease

Ultrasound is often recommended when additional information is needed beyond blood testing and x-rays to diagnose your pet’s condition. Ultrasound is also the best imaging method to detect early pregnancy. Cultures and needle aspirates can also be obtained with ultrasound guidance for further evaluation to help diagnose your pet’s illness.


With our full-service diagnostic laboratory, we can perform a variety of tests to assist with the diagnosis of your pet’s condition quickly and – most importantly – with accurate results. This is essential to our emergent and critical care cases. For many tests, we can have results within fifteen minutes.

Tests we perform

The tests we perform in our in-house lab are used to assist in a diagnosis and treatment when your pet is sick, and also to determine if your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia. These tests analyze how well your pet’s internal organs are functioning and allow for a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.

With our state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, we can perform the following tests in our laboratory:

  • Fecal analysis
  • Complete Urinalysis
  • Blood glucose
  • PCV/TS
  • Complete white blood cell count
  • Platelet count
  • Full Blood Chemistry Profile
  • Electrolyte Profile
  • Blood parasite tests (Heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis)
  • Feline viral testing (Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Canine and Feline Pancreatic Lipase levels
  • Ear cytology
  • Skin cytology
  • Skin scrape
  • FNA (fine needle aspirate) Cytology

In addition to our in-house laboratory, we have partnerships with multiple reference laboratories that enables us to perform additional specialized tests to assist with a diagnosis or monitor your pet’s long-term medical therapy.

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  • Serving the Community Since 1980
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  • Active in the Gettysburg Community
  • Caring & Compassionate Vets & Staff
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