VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital

Full Diagnostics

A diagnostic tool is any device or substance used for the analysis or detection of diseases or other medical conditions. From in-house blood work to digital radiography, VCA Castle Shannon has a wide range of full diagnostics to help diagnose your pet.

One of the most common and useful medical diagnostic procedures is radiography or x-rays. The greatest benefit of x-rays is their ability to penetrate tissues and show internal structures. This can allow us to detect arthritis, fractures, bony tumors and other forms of cancer; heart enlargement and congestive heart failure; bladder and kidney stones; stomach or intestinal foreign bodies; pneumonia and other lung diseases and much more.

In addition to x-rays, blood work can be a very valuable tool in detecting diseases or abnormalities with your pet. Blood work performed on healthy pets will provide veterinarians with a baseline for comparison when the pet does become sick. Performing these tests could also uncover early indicators of illnesses that otherwise might be missed until it's too late. VCA Castle Shannon has the capability of performing many blood tests in-house, but not all samples can be analyzed in our lab and thus, are sent to our outside laboratory, Antech Diagnostics. Antech offers more than 400 different tests and special profiles in chemistry, pathology, endocrinology, serology, hematology and microbiology. When our in-house capability is combined with our outside laboratory services, a full comprehensive laboratory evaluation can obtained.

Other diagnostics available at our facility include ultrasound, ECG, tonopen, dental radiography, cytology, urinalysis, and much more. For more information regarding our diagnostic capabilities, please contact our staff or veterinarians.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately at 412-885-2500. We have doctors and technicians on the premises 24/7, including weekends and holidays when you need us most.  Our address is 3610 Library Road, Pittsburgh Pa 15234.