Diagnostic Services


At Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic, we have digital radiology which allows us to take high-resolution radiographs (X-rays) quickly, and be able to discuss those findings with you immediately. Radiographs are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions in your pet. X-rays are useful for assessing your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other body areas. An x-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect bladder stones, and locate an obstruction or foreign body (a bone, toy, or piece of clothing) in your pet's intestine or stomach. X-rays are also useful for diagnosing heart and lung problems and can be used to evaluate hip and elbow dysplasia in dogs.

In addition to standard digital radiology, we also have digital dental radiology which allows us to diagnose many dental conditions that cannot be seen on a routine oral examination. Early detection of dental disease is an important component of your pets health care.

Ultrasound allows us to see things that cannot be visualized with radiographs. Ultrasound is a pain free, non-invasive procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time moving image of your pet's internal organs. Ultrasound is painless and usually will not require anesthesia or sedation. This exam is typically performed after blood tests, x-rays, and a physical examination have indicated an underlying problem. We are able to perform basic ultrasonographic exams at Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic, though we may refer your pet to one of our trusted local internal medicine specialists if a more comprehensive ultrasound is required.

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart, an important diagnostic test for animals with heart disease, that allows us to formulate the best treatment plan. We partner we several local veterinary cardiologists to perform echocardiograms when they are recommended for your dog or cat.

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
An endoscope is composed of a long thin tube, light source, camera, and viewing eyepiece. The endoscope allows us to diagnose and treat a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Depending on the symptoms, it is used to look at the inner lining of the esophagus, stomach, intestine and colon. Endoscopy is used to obtain biopsies, look for cancer of the esophagus or stomach, and to remove foreign bodies from the stomach without surgery.

Even though general anesthesia is required for an endoscopic procedure, it is much less invasive for your pet than traditional surgery. The procedure takes less time, there is no surgical incision, and there is low occurrence of complications. At Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic, we are pleased to be able to offer this service to you in-house.

In-House Laboratory
When we need to rely on rapid diagnostic tests in order to make an accurate diagnosis, we are very grateful for our in-house diagnostic laboratory at Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic. Your pet's test results are often ready within a matter of minutes. Our laboratory is capable of processing a wide variety of tests, including CBC and chemistry, urinalysis, fecal analysis, cytology, heartworm and tick borne illness screening (such as lyme, ehrlichia, and anaplasmosis), feline viral disease screening (feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus), thyroid hormone testing, fructosamine evaluation, and parvovirus screening. Your pet's laboratory test results are analyzed and interpreted by our doctors, enabling us to provide fast and accurate treatment for your pet.
For routine blood and urine monitoring, or for more advanced blood tests, we may also utilize one of our partner laboratories who generally provide us with next-day results.