Clinical Laboratory

Big Creek Animal Hospital is equipped with full laboratory services for in-house pet diagnostics, ensuring quicker results compared to sending samples out. We conduct a range of tests, including complete blood count (CBC), chemistry, cytology, fecal, and urinalysis. In-house testing extends to pre-anesthesia and sick pets, facilitating rapid diagnosis and treatment.


Using today’s most current digital radiography, Big Creek Animal Hospital takes the xray image using advanced machinery which sends it directly to digital x-ray sensors for storage and display on a computer. There is no lag time and no waiting for films to be processed at a separate lab. This means that if the exposure is poor or if your pet moved a little bit, we can see the flaws immediately and retake the x-ray right then and there.

These digital x-rays all for fast and effective diagnosis and treatment of your pets.


In the realm of pet eye care, intraocular pressure, the pressure within the eye, holds significant importance. Utilizing a tonometer, a specialized instrument, we can accurately measure this pressure, aiding in the diagnosis of conditions like glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a concerning eye condition characterized by increased intraocular pressure that can lead to severe discomfort and potential vision loss in pets. Our use of a tonometer allows for precise and swift assessment, enabling early diagnosis and prompt initiation of treatment for this condition.


Pet laser therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects such as improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, and decreased swelling. Laser therapy is used for the treatment of osteoarthritis, joint pain, hip dysplasia, chronic wounds, post-surgical pain, puncture wounds, muscle strains, and rehabilitation.

Typical treatment schedules are for 3 consecutive weeks and the length ranges from 2 to 8 minutes. Results vary but many pets feel improvement after their first treatment.

Ultrasounds and Echocardiograms (ECGs)

Ultrasounds are non-invasive imaging tools used by our veterinarians to examine internal organs and tissues in pets. This technology utilizes sound waves to create real-time images of structures like the heart, liver, kidneys, and reproductive organs. It helps diagnose various conditions such as tumors, organ abnormalities, pregnancy, and more. Ultrasounds provide valuable insights without radiation exposure, aiding our veterinarians in providing accurate diagnoses and tailored treatment plans for pets.

Echocardiograms are specialized ultrasound tests focusing on the heart. They provide detailed images of the heart’s structure and function, including the chambers, valves, and blood flow. Our team use this non-invasive tool to diagnose heart conditions like murmurs, congenital defects, and issues with heart function. Echocardiograms assist in understanding the heart’s health without invasive procedures, enabling you and your veterinarian to devise appropriate treatment strategies for heart-related ailments in your pet.

Pet Diagnostic Services Near You

Pet owners in the Cumming, Georgia, area trust Big Creek Animal Hospital for diagnostic services. Contact us today to learn more and Make An Appointment for your pet.

What's Next

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    Call us or schedule an appointment online.

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    Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.

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    Put a plan together for your pet.