Diagnostic Testing & Care

The friendly, professional staff at EPCCC have extensive training and experience in diagnostic care for emergency situations. Our facility has state of the art diagnostic equipment to provide fast, point-of-care diagnostic results. These factors help our team to determine what is wrong with your pet more quickly, resulting in faster initiation of treatment and better treatment outcome.

In-Hospital Laboratory Services

Our laboratory is equipped with hematology, blood chemistry, acid/base testing, coagulation testing, blood typing and cross-matching. These diagnostic tests can help diagnose a variety of conditions such as:

  • Anemia (low red blood cells)
  • High white blood counts
  • Abnormal platelet numbers
  • Auto-immune blood disease
  • Liver, kidney and pancreatic diseases
  • And much more

Blood typing and cross-matching are important for blood transfusions, which may be required in different situations – such as a trauma case or when emergency surgery is needed. With an in-hospital laboratory, we can obtain results quickly, when minutes count in an emergency.


Microscopy is useful for evaluation of blood, urine, wound fluid, and body cavity fluids. Analysis of samples can help identify many things, including:

  • Infectious agents (such as heartworm microfilaria and blood cell inclusions from certain viruses and bacteria)
  • Cancerous cells
  • Indicators of auto-immune disease processes such as “ghost” red blood cells
  • And damaged red blood cells called schistocytes

Evaluation of fluid from the body cavities can help determine the source or reason for the fluid being present when there are conditions causing ascites in the abdomen, hemoabdomen (blood in the abdomen), peritonitis (infection in the abdomen), and chylous effusions (due to ruptured chyle duct)

Reference Laboratory Services

For specialized testing that is not available in-clinic, EPCCC utilizes a professional veterinary reference lab.


Our hospital is equipped to conduct radiology, ultrasonography, echocardiography, and contrast imaging. Please refer to our Imaging Services page for more information.

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Blood pressure monitoring is very important in critical patients, as many have hypotension which leads to poor blood flow to vital organs, which can lead to organ damage.

Electrocardiography (ECG)

This non-invasive diagnostic tool helps assess heart rhythm and evaluate for arrhythmias (abnormal heart beats/rhythm). Arrhythmias can be very serious in critical patients and are more often seen with trauma patients, gastric dilation/volvulus, certain heart diseases, and splenectomy patients.

With a team of highly-trained staff working for you and your pet at the Emergency Pet Clinic of Corpus Christi, you can be confident that your pet will receive the best possible care in those critical moments.