Diagnostic Laboratory

Diagnostic Testing

When your pet is not feeling well they can’t tell you where, or why, and sometimes he or she may have been hiding it for a while. That is when you need answers. By gathering a complete view of your pet both inside and out we can find out what may be going on. We offer an in-depth evaluation through routine blood chemistry and imaging. With these tools and technologies, we are better able to diagnose and treat health concerns in a timely manner.


We offer a variety of basic and advanced diagnostics for your pet. We partner with outside laboratories for more specialized testing when necessary. We routinely test for a number of infectious diseases including Lyme Disease, Feline Leukemia Virus, Heartworm Disease, Parvovirus, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. We can screen your pet for internal parasites and offer complete on-site urinalysis. We also utilize outside referral laboratories to expand our diagnostic capabilities, usually within 24-48 hours.


Radiographs are an important tool that can help us make an accurate diagnosis for your pet. Our radiology imaging is there for when a physical exam and lab work simply are not enough to effectively assess your pet's’ condition. Because we believe that pet owners throughout the Northern New York area deserve the best possible care, we have invested in a state-of-the-art, high-quality digital veterinary x-ray system. This means that we can quickly take highly detailed radiographs, manipulate them to gain a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs. We are able to diagnose a very wide range of medical conditions with more speed and accuracy than ever before.

Digital x-rays can be saved to a disk, quickly shared via email to specialists for second opinions, or reviewed for additional diagnosis as needed. Your pet's time on the X-ray table is reduced because fewer images need to be taken. Digital X-rays eliminate the need to use toxic chemicals in the film development process, decreasing the risk of exposure to our staff and the environment. We display them on a computer for you to see.

  • Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of the body’s organs
  • The size of organs is important because some medical conditions, such as kidney, heart, or liver disease, can alter these organs
  • The shape and position of intestinal organs can be altered when a pet has an obstruction or cancer
  • Abdominal masses can sometimes be found on a radiograph as well
  • Radiography can be used to diagnose bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, and other conditions


The Animal Doctors have improved the strength of the radiology services by teaming up with PetRays. Their board-certified veterinary radiologists are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, ready to provide fast, accurate radiology consultations. PetRays veterinary specialist provides a second opinion interpreting x-rays and ultrasounds, and even the most skilled veterinarian might miss something at first glance. Obtaining a second opinion from a PetRays board-certified specialist allows us to provide the highest standards in diagnostic care.



Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to yield detailed images of your pet's internal organs. This technique providing a real-time movie view of your pet's organs. Typically it takes from 30 to 60 minutes to perform an advanced diagnostic ultrasound and is relatively stress and pain-free for your pets. It has become a standard of care in veterinary medicine and we at the Animal Dr’s want to provide the best diagnostic tools for your pets.

Common ultrasound areas include:

  • Abdominal exam – liver, gallbladder & biliary system, stomach, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands, bladder, prostate, uterus, ovaries, bowel, vasculature, lymph nodes, mesentery & serosal surfaces. All abdominal ultrasound exams are complete exams. It is inappropriate to only examine part of the abdomen – all organs must be examined every time to ensure there is not occult pathology.
  • Thoracic exam – if a mass effect exists on thoracic radiography, and the lesion is along the thoracic wall or the lesion is suspended in pleural effusion, the lesion may be found with ultrasound and if it can be seen, in most cases it can be biopsied to yield a diagnosis.
  • Pregnancy - confirm pregnancy, estimate litter size (although this is best done with radiography), confirm fetal viability and monitor heartbeats.
  • Parathyroids & Thyroid Glands – indicated if there is hypercalcemia and elevated serum PTH. Sedation generally required providing complete relaxation of the head.
  • Cryptorchid Exam – localize the cryptorchid testicle prior to surgery to help minimize surgical time and surgeon frustration.