Diagnostic Care

The ability to provide a range of diagnostic techniques is essential for rapidly and accurately diagnosing your pet’s medical problems. For the most part, your pet is unable to describe his or her symptoms. As a result, we need to rely on additional techniques and in order to make an accurate diagnosis. The better the diagnostic technology and equipment, the more accurate the diagnosis.


Radiology, the most common form of diagnostic imaging, allows us to view the shape, size, and location of organs inside your pet’s body. Radiographs (x-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions and are useful in examining your pet’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, and other areas of the body. An x-ray can detect a fractured bone, cancerous tumor, or heart problem and locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet’s stomach or intestine. We also perform x-rays for evaluation and certification by OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals).

Plainfield Animal Hospital has invested in the latest digital x-ray technology for your pet’s diagnosis. Unlike traditional film x-rays, digital radiographs are more detailed and of higher quality, leading to a faster, more accurate diagnosis. Digital x-rays are easier to take than film x-rays, resulting in less time on the x-ray table and less stress for your pet. Because the images are digital, your pet’s x-rays can be saved to a disc or easily transmitted to specialists and consultants should further diagnosis or treatment be required.


Ultrasound is a non-invasive technique that produces a visual map of the interior of the body, and it is often crucial to the comprehensive diagnosis of diseases of the heart, liver, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen, and other internal organs. The highly-detailed images produced using ultrasound lead to faster, more accurate diagnoses and treatments for your pet.

Laboratory Testing

Our in-house laboratory provides fast and accurate information that is critical to your sick or injured pet. We also perform pre-anesthetic blood testing; this important procedure can greatly reduce the risks associated with anesthesia. For our annual wellness panels or for non-routine testing we use the largest and most well-respected commercial diagnostic laboratory in the United States.