Diagnostic Services

Animal ultrasoundsUltrasound

Suncook River Veterinary Clinic uses modern ultrasound technologies and our staff is up to date on the latest ultrasound-assisted procedures.

Ultrasound is a pain-free, completely non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet's internal organs - the procedure provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet's body.

Ultrasound is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs, such as the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart functions, perform bladder scans and image organs such as the thyroid gland, testicles and mammary glands.

Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion inside your pet, an ultrasound may be able to determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet's body. Using the ultrasound as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasound imaging can reveal cancer, heart lesions, enlarged spleens, and many other conditions. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

Video Otoscopy

Chronic or recurrent otitis (ear infection) is a common and frustrating disease. A comprehensive approach to identifying and managing all predisposing factors, primary causes, and perpetuating features in each case is the key to successful therapy.

In pets with signs of otitis, video-otoscopy provides several important diagnostic and therapeutic advantages over traditional hand-held diagnostic and operating-head otoscopes. Moreover, video-otoscopy can aid in record keeping and client education.

Video-otoscopy offers superior optics and magnification to provide greater detail for evaluating the condition of the external canal and tympanic membrane. A video-otoscope's configuration of lens, light, and working channel allows us to introduce instruments into the ear without shadowing or blocking the visual field. Forceps, curettes, and catheters can be used to facilitate debris removal and sample collection.

The video-otoscope also facilitates diagnostic and therapeutic procedures: It improves direct visualization so we can better assess the external ear's condition and the tympanum's patency. Photographs and video recordings, other capabilities of video-otoscopes, provide a permanent visual record of the condition of a patient's external canal and tympanum. And a photograph can convey your pet's condition better than a verbal description when you are re-evaluating a case, advising a client, or consulting a colleague.

Digitla x-raysDigital Radiology

Radiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. They're useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.

In order to provide your pet with the best medical care, Suncook River Veterinary Clinic uses the latest in computerized radiology equipment as part of your pet's diagnostic care. Digital radiographic images are far more detailed and offer a range of features that enhance our ability to make an accurate diagnosis. Because our radiographs are digital, we are also able to easily submit them electronically to a board-certified radiologist for timely second opinions.

In addition, our digital radiography system allows us to transfer your pet's radiographs to a CD, making it easy for you to take them to a specialist if necessary.


As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medications, we are able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We will also be able to easily guide you on the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness.

We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.

Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively-priced medications is an important aspect of our veterinary practice.

Refills are easy, too. Simply give us a call.

Lab testing for petsIn-House Laboratory

One of the most important aspects of any preventive medicine regimen is the ability to analyze how well your pet's internal organs and processes are functioning. For example, are the kidneys and liver doing their jobs at removing waste from the blood stream? Does your pet have internal parasites?

Laboratory testing allows us a view inside your pet's body in order to assess overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures.

Generally, we can have results within minutes for the following tests: Complete Blood Count, blood chemistry, urinalysis, electrolytes, blood clotting, microscopic examination of blood, and pathology. We have a strong association with outside labs for additional diagnostic testing with many results available the next day.