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Cat needs veterinary dianostics


In House Laboratory and Testing

At Howard County, we offer many diagnostic testing options for all your pet’s needs. From basic preventative screening to identifying the cause of concerning symptoms, our in-house laboratory can get answers quickly and accurately. We’re able to provide blood/urine evaluation, infectious disease testing, skin analysis, tumor assessment under the microscope, fecal analysis, and a variety of organ chemistry profiles. For any conditions or diseases that require specialty testing, we work together with high-quality laboratories across the country that perform sophisticated tests. Our clinic has all the necessary equipment and specialty stains to analyze blood, masses, urine, and skin to help you get to the root of the problem and provide relief for both you and your pet!

Orthopedic surgery post op x-ray

Radiographs (X-Rays)

​Also known as X-rays, are the most common imaging tool used to diagnose disorders in cats and dogs. Howard County uses industry leading equipment to provide ultra high definition radiographic images. We also partner with board-certified radiologists to ensure fast and accurate readings in more complex cases.

Chest X-rays can tell us about how your pet’s heart, lungs, and surrounding body parts are doing. This is especially important for cases where pets are presenting with fever, cough, heart murmur, recent trauma, rapid or difficulty breathing, and other symptoms to identify the specific cause.


Abdominal X-rays are often used when there’s uncontrolled vomiting and diarrhea, or just overall lethargy. They can help us identify blockages, foreign objects, urinary stones, or cancer.

X-rays of the limbs can help identify ligament injuries, bone disease, or fractures.


Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce a safe and non-invasive image of your pet’s internal organs. Though we do offer basic in-house ultrasound services to diagnose tumors, free fluid, and pregnancy. We also partner with an ultrasound service that does both echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart) and advanced abdominal ultrasound.

Ultrasound of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Veterinarian of Ellicott City, Dr. Parker with patient

Come, sit, heal.

Whether your pet is in need of routine care or emergency surgery we got you covered. Howard County Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary clinic offering a range of veterinary care to the pets of Ellicott City, Columbia, Baltimore, Catonsville, Elkridge, Pikesville, Woodlawn, Randallstown, Towson and the surrounding areas located just off of route 40 outside of the 695 beltway.

We felt so heard here, and I am so grateful for all the informaton the staff gave to us. As a first time dog parent, I always have questions. Thanks for listening and taking great care of our big guy!


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