Litchfield Veterinary Hospital

289 Torrington Road
Litchfield, CT 06759


Diagnostic Services

Despite the best of care, at some point in their life every pet gets sick.  When that happens you will want answers.  The doctors at Litchfield Veterinary Hospital are prepared to use the latest in diagnostic radiographs, ultrasound, and laboratory testing capabilities to give you these answers.

We are well equipped to provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services for your pet's complete health care needs.  Our experienced veterinarians strive to provide the best primary veterinary care possible, and we refer to board certified specialists when needed.  We work with a board certified internal medicine specialist who consults on cases each Thursday.  We are affiliated with two board certified surgeons who perform orthopedic and specialized surgical procedures at our facility as needed.  Our capable veterinarians practice all areas of internal medicine including; cardiology, opthamology, neurology, dermatology, gastroenterology, oncology, and endocrinology.

Internal Medicine Diagnostics

Our doctors have extensive experience treating and diagnosing kidney disease, liver disease, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, cushings disease, addisons disease, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, allergic skin disease, heart disease, lyme and tick related disease, orthopedic disease, and cancer. 

Diagnostic Radiographic Imaging 

Diagnostic imaging  provides a non-invasive way to visualize the internal organs and bones of your pet using digital x-rays or ultrasound.  Conditions such as fractured bones, hip dysplasia, internal organ enlargement, and foreign body ingestion may be diagnosed with our high quality x-rays.  Our digital radiography machine allows us to take improved, detailed x-rays and send the images for review by radiologists. We also send a CD copy of the radiographs  home with owners.



An in house ultrasound allows us to evaluate the internal structure of organs such as the heart,  liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenals, intestines and bladder.  In many cases we are able to avoid surgery by using the ultrasound to assist in fine needle biopsies of internal organs or masses to make a diagnosis. We also use the ultrasound to determine if vomiting pets have intestinal foreign bodies.  Ultrasound combined with radiology allows us to get a more complete diagnosis.


Digital Dental Radiographs 

We have the ability to perform complete intraoral radiographs with our digital dental x-ray machine! Dental radiographs are essential in diagnosing dental disease, radiographs are also needed to ensure complete tooth root extraction of abscessed tooth roots.



Electrocardiography (EKG) Services

Our veterinarians can evaluate you pet's heart in several ways.  One valuable indicator of normal function is to measure the heart's electrical activity with an electrocardiogram. We have a new state of the art EKG machine which provides detailed diagnostic analysis of the electrocardiogram function of the patient.


Our modern and fully equipped on site laboratory gives us instant access to important information regarding your pet's condition.  We use both our comprehensive "in house" laboratory and also outside laboratories to perform a comprehensive range of sophisticated tests to meet the varied needs of our patients.  When immediate results are needed for prompt diagnosis we have the capability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests in a matter of minutes.  

Our in house laboratory facility provides for:

  • hematology
  • serum chemistry
  • electrolytes
  • blood gas analysis
  • serology
  • urinalysis
  • parasite detection

Our Heska Element i is an immunodiagnostics analyzer that allows us to measure T4, TSH and cortisol levels.

Our Heska Element HT5 Hematology machine allows us to perform: Our I-Stat machine allows us to monitor:
  • a complete blood count
  • platelet counts
  • differentials within minutes
  • electrolytes
  • coagulation abnormalities
  • perform blood gas analysis

The Heska Element DC chemistry machine allows us to use blood testing to help identify organ dysfunction within minutes. 
We utilize outside high quality commercial testing laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.




Doppler Blood Pressure 

Just as in human medicine, blood pressure is a very important parameter to measure and monitor in pets.  Blood pressure measurements are more difficult to obtain in pets than in people.  At Litchfield Veterinary Hospital we use a doppler unit, the most accurate non-invasive method to obtain blood pressure in pets.


A tonometer is used to quickly and accurately determine your pet's intraocular pressure.  We measure intraocular pressure to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma and uveitis.
Glaucoma in pets is a serious and very painful disease.  The accurate diagnosis of glaucoma is difficult without specialized equipment. 

Additional diagnostic tests such as CT scans and MRI's are available to our patients when needed through our referral network with specialty referral practices.