Diagnostic Testing

A complete medical history and physical exam are vital in determining your pet’s ailments. Despite all of this information, diagnostic tests are sometimes necessary to determine your pet’s illness.

At Catawba Animal Clinic, our healthcare team is trained to provide a vast array of diagnostics including:

  • Biopsy and Histopathology
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood work
  • Culture and Sensitivity
  • Fluorescein dye staining (to look for scratches on the cornea)
  • Fungal cultures
  • Pulse Oximetry (percentage of oxygen in the bloodstream)
  • Radiology (Xrays)
  • Skin and Ear Cytology
  • Ultrasound

Our physical exams evaluate the parts of the body we can see, hear, feel (and smell!)

There are many things, though, that can only be detected through specific diagnostic tests, such as bloodwork, urinalysis, parasite testing, or X-rays. Our team members have extensive experience in clinical procedures and we can perform a wide range of these tests in the process of evaluating health, diagnosing disease, or monitoring response to therapy. We are blessed in our profession to be able to perform any of the tests that can be done for humans; at the same time we are thankful that we can work together with the pets’ families to make practical recommendations on which tests to run when to help make testing both valuable and a good value.

Just as for us, modern veterinary healthcare involves a multi-faceted approach to diagnosing and treating diseases. An important part of that approach involves specialized testing to evaluate parts of our pets’ body systems which cannot be seen or detected by physical exams alone. We are proud that we can provide a comprehensive array of diagnostic tests, and also proud that we use common sense and judgement as to when those tests need to be recommended. Here is a partial listing of some of the tests that we can provide:


  • Complete Blood Cell Counts
  • Serum Chemistry Analysis
  • Hormone testing
  • Antibody and Serology testing
  • Hemostasis (Blood Clotting) tests


  • State of the art Digital X-Rays
  • Orthopedic X-Rays
  • PennHip and OFA  Radiography
  • Contrast Radiology of the GI tract
  • Electronic Radiology Consultation with specialists
  • Ultrasound


  • Chemical and Microscopic evaluation of urine
  • Urine culture and sensitivity
  • Urinary tract stone analysis

Cardiovascular Monitoring

  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Oxygen Saturation level (Pulse Oximetry)

Parasite Testing

  • Fecal Testing for “worms” , protozoa, and bacteria
  • Blood tests for Heartworm Disease
  • Blood tests for Tick-Borne Parasites


  • Biopsy for tumors
  • Cytology for tumors and infections
  • Body Fluid Analysis


  • Skin scrapings for microscopic parasites
  • Skin cytology for infections
  • Ear Cytology for infections and parasites


  • Bacterial Culture and Sensitivity of infections, including ear and skin
  • Fungal Culture for skin and ears.


  • Tear volume analysis
  • Ocular pressure testing for Glaucoma
  • Corneal Abrasion evaluation