Aerowood Animal Hospital

2975 156th Avenue Se
Bellevue, WA 98007




Diagnostic Services



Diagnostic tests are an essential tool for confirming the health status of our pets and getting them the right care and treatment in a timely manner.


Laboratory:  Our In-House Laboratory allows us to quickly perform diagnostic tests on a variety of body materials (blood, urine, ear exudate, feces, etc.) to achieve an accurate and rapid diagnosis. We are able to do CBCs (complete blood counts), blood typing, liver tests, kidney tests, blood glucose, electrolytes (sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphate), thyroid levels, cholesterol, blood gases, test for pancreatitis, viral testing, blood coagulation tests, fecal parasite tests and antifreeze poisoning testing. Immediate testing is especially important in very ill animals and those requiring emergency treatment.


We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for those samples that can't be run in-house or to perform specialized diagnostics. We often consult with clinical pathologists or microbiologists at these labs.


Radiology:  Radiology (X-rays) help our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. When needed, we are able to send radiographs to radiologists for timely review and input.

Ultrasound:  This advanced imaging technology uses sound waves to look inside solid and hollow body organs to diagnose spleen, liver, kidney, heart, bladder and reproductive conditions. Patients need to be shaved for the procedure. Most patients do not need anesthesia unless an ultrasound-guided aspirate or biopsy is recommended.

Endoscopy:  Endoscopy is a procedure where a long tube with a camera at the end is inserted into the gastrointestinal, respiratory or urinary tract.

With this procedure we can directly view these areas, remove foreign material, take biopsies and fluid samples to diagnose inflammatory conditions, foreign bodies, cancer, ulcers and parasites. Patients admitted for endoscopy are placed under anesthesia, but can usually go home the same day as the procedure, depending on the severity of the disease.


Cytology: The "study of cells", uses the microscope for the diagnosis of skin infection, skin growths, cancer and many other problems.


Histopathology: The "study of tissues" involves sending biopsy samples to outside laboratories to identify cancer, infection and other abnormal conditions. Results are usually available in five to seven days.