The Stanwood veterinarians at our animal hospital support our high quality of care with the advanced tools and technologies found in our in-house diagnostic lab. With them, we can diagnose and create treatment plans for your pet's medical conditions quickly and accurately.

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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

We use diagnostic technologies for our imagining procedures. These allow us to create highly detailed images of your pet's internal systems and structures. 

At Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Stanwood, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound. 

With our diagnostic capabilities, our veterinarians are able to efficiently and quickly produce diagnostic information about your pet's condition alongside their treatment options.

In-House Lab & Pharmacy

We have an on-site pet pharmacy in our Stanwood hospital that we keep stocked with a wide range of prescription medications and diets. This gives us quick access to the medications and nutritional supplements your animal may need while under our care.

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Cardiologist & Ultrasonographer Consultations in Stanwood

When our patients present symptoms of cardiac or other internal conditions that require further diagnostic attention beyond our usual capabilities, our vets are able to call on specialists.

Unlike a referral, which involves interacting with a new staff, possibly traveling long distances and paying premium care rates, when your animal receives diagnostic attention from traveling Board Certified Cardiologists or Ultrasonographer, they do so in the comfort of our veterinary hospital. We will book an appointment for you when our traveling specialist is next available and all you have to do is show up.

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Our Diagnostic Services 

With the services available as part of our in-house veterinary diagnostic lab, we are proud to be able to offer advanced testing to give our clients a quick and accurate diagnosis of their pet's conditions.

  • Radiography (Digital X-rays)

    Using a radiograph (digital X-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside. 

    Radiography is painless, non-invasive and safe. Since it only uses very low doses of radiation, even pregnant females and very young animals can undergo this procedure to determine their internal health.

    Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases and some tumors.

  • Ultrasound

    The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.

    Using ultrasound imaging, we are able to expose parts of your pet's body to high-frequency sound waves in order to produce highly accurate images of the inside of their body.

    Since ultrasound images are captured in real-time, we can use them to see the functioning of structures and systems in your pet's body, including the flow of blood through their vessels.

    We also have access to a traveling veterinary ultrasonographic for more intensive and advanced ultrasound diagnostic procedures to help ensure your pet gets the diagnosis and treatment they need as quickly as possible.

  • Bloodwork

    At the vet lab in our Stanwood hospital, we are able to run a number of both common and specialized blood tests to assess the health of your pet and diagnose health issues.

    Some of the most common veterinary blood tests we do are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile. 

  • Urinalysis

    Urinalysis is a key diagnostic test that provides your vet with essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.

    Generally, urinalysis is used to assess the health of your pet's kidneys and urinary tract. However, it can also be invaluable in detecting issues affecting other internal organ systems and is important for any comprehensive evaluation of metabolic diseases like diabetes.

    This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health. 

  • Fecal Exams

    A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Stanwood.

    The goal of a fecal exam, sometimes just called a fecal, is to identify and treat any GI infections that may be compromising the health and wellbeing of your pet and your household Fecals give our vets a chance to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as hookworms or roundworms. 

    Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.

    Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.

    Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.  

  • EKG

    If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet may have a heart disorder, we usually take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).

    This procedure can be completed easily and quickly. It reveals data that may be integral to your pet's diagnosis. In other cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.

    When a patient requires more intensive cardiac monitoring and diagnosis, Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Stanwood has access to a traveling cardiologist who is able to conduct advanced testing and provide treatment to pets in our veterinary facility

  • Digital Dental X-rays

    If your cat or dog is suffering periodontal disease, much of this damage occurs below the gum line where it can't be easily seen. Digital dental X-rays help our veterinarians assess your pet's oral health.

    Digital X-rays are safer for your pet. They allow our team of veterinary professionals to examine roots, bones and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.

    With digital X-rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-ray technology. We are able to see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully evaluate each tooth.

    This technology allows your Stanwood vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.