Superior Animal Hospital & Boarding Suites

Diagnostic Care

If your pet appears to be ill, or is not acting like his or her self, we highly encourage you to schedule a visit as soon as possible. This way, we can make a diagnosis sooner and begin treatment immediately. First, one of our veterinarians will perform a physical examination. Additional diagnostic tests may be necessary to make a complete and accurate diagnosis. Once we understand what’s ailing your pet, we’ll discuss treatment options with you.

Superior Animal Hospital is committed to remaining up to date on the latest diagnostic tools and technology in the veterinary field. Our clinical team has the ability to efficiently and accurately provide a diagnoses with an in-house laboratory and advanced imaging like digital radiology, ultrasound, and electrocardiogram.

In-House Laboratory

Having a diagnostic laboratory on-site elevates the level of care we are able to provide your pet. We are able to give you answers sooner about your pet’s health status. For sick or injured pets, this means treatment and recovery can happen sooner.

Tests commonly performed include: fecal tests, urinalysis, fungal cultures, skin scrapings, blood work, blood chemistry, blood counts, testing for common tick diseases, 4-Dx, FeLV/FIV, and more.

Early Detection Screening

Blood work is an important component of the preventative care we provide at Superior Animal Hospital. It gives our clinical team a look at your pet’s internal processes that cannot be seen with the naked eye alone during a routine physical exam. Our professional recommendation is to complete your pet’s bloodwork during their annual physical exam. This is the most convenient option.

Blood work provides our clinical team with a baseline of health that can be referenced through each stage of a pet’s life. This is hugely important because pets oftentimes hide signs of a medical concern until the condition is advanced. If your pet’s bloodwork deviates from his or her baseline of health, we can address the area of concern and begin treatment during early stages, and sometimes before the presence of symptoms. This keeps your pet as healthy as possible and protects against preventable age-related conditions.

Annual bloodwork is the universal recommendation for all patients we see, even seemingly healthy pets. Senior pets and sick pets are strongly encouraged to have more frequent blood work. Blood work is performed before any procedure or dental cleaning that requires anesthesia to ensure safety.

Our wellness blood screens are comprehensive, preventative, and highly beneficial to pets of all ages. Here’s how:

  • Complete Blood Count looks at red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, to reveal how well the immune system is functioning, and if any infection or inflammation is present. This helps us to diagnose serious health concerns like anemia, clotting issues, cancer, and inflammatory diseases.
  • Chemistry Panels check kidney values, liver values, protein levels, and glucose levels in the blood, which helps us to determine organ health and identify potential diseases.

Digital X-Ray

Physical examinations assess what’s visible on the outside, while blood work provides comprehensive information about internal systems. Advanced imaging gives us the ability to see your pet’s internal systems with clear, in-depth, and high-resolution images.

Digital radiology provides instantaneous high-resolution digital images of patients’ bones, organs, and blood vessels. This pinpoints specific areas of the body that are of concern for the most accurate diagnoses.


Ultrasound employs pulses of sound waves to examine soft tissues and specific internal organs. This advanced imaging technique is non-invasive and painless to patients, and assists us in the diagnosis of abdominal masses, intestinal disorders, heart abnormalities, foreign body ingestion, pregnancy, and cancer.


Electrocardiogram (EKG) diagnoses heart functioning by measuring heart rhythms and electrical impulses. Electrodes are placed on specific points of the body while the patient lays comfortably on his or her side.

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Located in the North Hwy 2/53 Corridor of Superior, just minutes from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and downtown Duluth, MN.

Phone: 715-392-6211

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