If we are not able to diagnose your pet’s medical problem with basic diagnostic tests we have four special service diagnostic sources available to us.The first two are procedures performed by board certified diagnosticians. Both use ultrasonography to image a pet’s abdomen or chest to aid in providing a diagnosis


Advanced diagnostic procedures can sometimes sound a little terrifying. An echocardiograph is a painless procedure that helps us determine the contractility and overall effectiveness of the heart. We gain much more information than could be gathered from an x-ray image that this has become the most effective way to diagnose heart problems in pets. Dr Hattie Bortonowski is board certified in internal medicine and has a special interest in cardiology. She has been on staff at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine for the past years. Her expertise is extremely valuable in the delicate handling of the heart conditions that pets develop.


Another advanced diagnostic procedure is an abdominal ultrasound is equally valuable in detecting masses, thickening of intestinal wall segments and in overall identifying and clarifying which organs we are seeing changes in the abdomen. Dr Deb Darien will come to our clinic and perform abdominal ultrasound. She is board certified as a veterinary radiologist. She will also provide a second opinion that can be quite helpful to our treatment plan.

Advanced Diagnostic Referrals

Our other two sources involve referral either to the Madison Veterinary Specialists at 608 274 7772  for endoscopic retrieval of gastric foreign bodies, abdominal ultrasound, ophthalmology or any specialist related surgery or the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine at 608 263 7600 where they have specialized equipment far above community practices including MRI, Computed tomography (Cat scan), specialty diagnostics in ophthalmology and many other diagnostic modalities.