Calusa Veterinary Center

Veterinary Diagnostics & Laboratory in Boca Raton, FL

Diagnostic care is an important part of what we do at Calusa Veterinary Center. We have a full in-house laboratory as well as access to outside specialists for any unique diagnostic needs.

In-House Laboratory

Our in-house laboratory provides many of the diagnostic tests your pet needs, allowing us to quickly and accurately diagnose many illnesses. We also utilize an outside reference laboratory when more specialized testing is required.

Our skilled technicians perform a wide variety of tests including:

  • Complete blood counts
  • Blood chemistry profiles
  • Urinalysis
  • Fecal testing (including parasite identification)
  • Cytology (evaluation of cells from various body sites)
  • Fine needle aspirates (cytology performed using a needle to collect cells from organs or masses)

In addition, we offer many other tests such as thyroid testing, heartworm testing, and feline leukemia/AIDS testing. We also offer avian and reptile testing through our outside reference laboratory.

We understand how important your pet is to you and will do everything possible to provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions for your pet’s health.

Digital X-Ray

We offer digital x-ray services which allow us to have a clear and concise image of what is going on inside your pet. This allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment. We also use this technology to take images of pets that are in need of dental procedures. This is a minimally invasive way to get a clear picture of what is going on inside your pet's mouth.

Digital x-ray imaging is a painless process that uses very low levels of radiation. The image is then transferred to a computer where it can be enhanced for better clarity. This type of x-ray is much safer for your pet than traditional film x-rays.

If your pet is in need of diagnostic imaging, please call us to schedule an appointment.


Ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. It is often used to assess the health of unborn babies, but can also be used to examine many other parts of the body including the heart, liver, kidneys, and more. Ultrasound is painless and safe for both humans and animals.

At our hospital, we have a team of highly trained ultrasound technicians who are experienced in performing ultrasounds on animals. We use the latest technology and equipment to ensure that we obtain the best possible images. We can often provide same-day appointments for ultrasound services.

If you have any questions about ultrasound or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.


Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that allows your veterinarian to visualize the inside of your pet's body without having to make a large incision. It can be used to examine the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory system, and urinary tract.

Endoscopy can be performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that your pet can go home the same day. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour.

Your pet will be given a sedative before the endoscopy so that they remain calm and comfortable throughout the procedure. A local anesthetic may also be used if necessary.

Once your pet is sedated, a small camera attached to the endoscope will be inserted through their mouth or nose and into their stomach or intestines. The veterinarian will then be able to examine the inside of your pet's body and look for any abnormalities.

If any tissue samples need to be taken, they can be done through the endoscope as well. A biopsy is a common type of tissue sample that is taken during an endoscopy.

After the procedure is finished, your pet will be monitored until they are fully recovered from the sedative. They will then be able to go home with you.

Endoscopy is a safe and effective way to diagnose many different conditions in pets. It is also less invasive than other diagnostic procedures, such as surgery.


An echocardiogram is a specialized ultrasound test that gives us detailed information about the structure and function of your pet's heart. This test is non-invasive (does not require surgery) and does not require anesthesia.

An echocardiogram is performed by one of our trained veterinarians or veterinary technicians. Your pet will be placed on their right side on an exam table. A small amount of gel will be applied to the hairless area on the left side of your pet's chest. The veterinarian or technician will then pass a handheld device called a transducer over the gel. The transducer emits sound waves that create echoes as they bounce off different structures in your pet's heart. These echoes are then translated into images that are displayed on a monitor in real-time.

If you have any questions about echocardiograms or if you think your pet may need this test, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Allergy and Dermatology

Caring for your pet’s skin is essential, and when they have skin-related issues, it can range from uncomfortable to dangerous. That’s why we emphasize allergy and dermatology as an essential part of our veterinary service.

Dermatitis can be caused by allergic reactions, skin cancer, hormonal disorders, autoimmune disease, tumors, infections, and other factors. If you’re worried that your pet may be suffering from a dermatological condition, look for the following warning signs and contact us today:

  • Flaky or red skin
  • Hair loss
  • Excessive licking or biting
  • Excessive itching
  • Watery or irritated eyes
  • Lumps or bumps on the skin
  • Unseasonable shedding
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in behavior

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