Diagnostic Services

Keep your pet healthy!


At Cobequid Animal Hospital we know that a healthy pet is a happy pet.

That’s why our team of trained professionals offer the highest quality care for your furry friend. Our staff treats every pet as if they were our own. We provide care ranging from prevention to diagnosis and treatment.

The health needs of a pet are diverse, so we are equipped with a variety of tools and expertise at our disposal. We provide basic preventive and treatment tools (e.g., examinations, parasite prevention, nutrition) to advanced diagnostics (e.g., radiology, ultrasonography, in-house blood chemistry testing), and treatments (e.g., chemotherapy, acupuncture).

Successful treatment relies upon an accurate diagnosis. The examination can reveal much about your pet’s current condition but often more in-depth approaches are required. We have on hand several diagnostic tools to assess the functioning of your pet’s internal organs:
Laboratory Testing

In-House Laboratory Testing

Our in-house laboratory is equipped with state of the art blood analyzers, able to produce results for two many different tests within minutes. American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) standards require that our lab follows strict quality control procedures. From simple fecal analysis to more sophisticated chemical analysis, those procedures are clearly standardized in order to produce predictable and reliable results. Our technicians are keen and studious professionals who seek to obtain the most information possible from a sample. We can analyze multiple blood chemicals and cells, allowing us to reach a clear diagnosis. We also have access to multiple referral labs for specialized testing.


We have a modern radiology unit available at all times and maintain the high safety and quality control standards required by AAHA. Our Registered Veterinary Technicians are all qualified x-ray technicians. We can obtain high-quality diagnostic radiographs within the timeframe of your consultation.

Dr. Megan Murphy is a board-certified radiologist. To refer a patient to Dr. Collard for ultrasonography, please see our referral form here.

Commonly referred to as ultrasound, ultrasonography uses sound waves as a non-invasive means to get an actual look at what is going on inside your pet’s body.

Dr. George Collard performs both our abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds.
An ultrasound is often recommended when a pet has abnormal values in their bloodwork or an x-ray that requires follow up. The images from the ultrasound can be superior to that of X-ray as it can provide better visualization of internal organ tissue and fluid. Often times, radiology (X-ray) and ultrasonography work wonderfully together to form a complete picture of what's going on inside.

Ultrasound is commonly used in monitoring pregnancies, identifying growths or tumours, staging cancers and verifying the proper functioning of major organs such as the heart. Ultrasound is also used to guide biopsy procedures.

What happens during an ultrasound? The hair over the area to be evaluated will be shaved, as hair will interfere with the images. A gel (water soluble and safe) will be applied to the skin to help the sound waves generate a good picture. A transducer (similar in size and shape to a TV remote control) is placed on the patient’s skin and slowly moved around over the area to be examined. The ultrasound is computerized so it can be used to accurately measure the tissues as needed.

Ultrasonography is an invaluable tool in veterinary medicine. It is also tolerated well with patients, as it’s non-invasive and usually completed in 30-45 minutes.


An endoscope is a valuable tool in both diagnosis and treatment. It is an excellent way to examine the interior of the gastrointestinal system (stomach and intestines) without invasive surgery. Because there would be discomfort involved for conscious patients, it is necessary to use general anesthesia in cases where endoscopy is required. An access channel in the endoscope allows us to biopsy suspicious growths in the body while also providing the ability to retrieve and extract foreign objects that may be lodged in the throat or stomach.

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We treat your pets as if they were our own.


15 Cobequid Road
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia B4C 2M9
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Mon-Fri: 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: Closed


Fax: 902-865-3759

In case of emergency:

We are a Member Hospital in the Metro Animal Emergency Clinic service. For emergencies occurring outside of business hours, please contact the Emergency Clinic directly by phoning (902) 468-0674. The Metro Area Emergency Clinic is open 24 hours. MAEC is located in Burnside Industrial Park at 201 #32 Brownlow Ave.

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