Diagnostic Medicine

At Care First Animal Hospital, we do everything we can to ensure the health of our patients, which is why we have an in-house lab for speedy diagnosis. We believe a fast, accurate diagnosis is the best way to effectively treat our patient and restore them to health.

Not only is our team highly trained, experienced and genuinely concerned about your pet’s health, but we stress the value of continuing education and training in order to ensure that accurate results are relayed and the correct diagnosis and treatment plan is put in place. You can trust Care First’s diagnostic medicine to help your pet be happy and healthy.

Diagnostic Veterinary Testing

Radiology, Endoscopy & Allergy Testing for Pets

The team at Care First is highly capable of providing you and your pet the diagnostic answers you need in a timely manner. Our experienced, caring veterinarians use state-of-the-art technology to evaluate the following health determinants:

  • Organ function
  • Red and white blood cell count
  • Electrolytes
  • Clotting factors
  • Blood smear
  • Fecal samples
  • Urine samples
  • Aspiration of masses
  • And more

In addition, we have a close partnership with an outside lab, so that we can offer more extensive results and veterinary services. Each of our locations is well versed in Raleigh diagnostic medicine for pets, including endoscopy, allergy testing, digital radiology and ultrasound.

Veterinary Endoscopy

Usually a non-invasive or minimally invasive procedure, this medical practice uses equipment that allows our veterinarians to have a full-color, magnified view of objects and organs inside our patient’s body.

Veterinary Allergy Testing

Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergies. Care First offers cat and dog allergy testing in Raleigh and the Triangle, so that you can be aware of what triggers allergy symptoms.

Digital Radiology, Ultrasound & Vimago HDVI for Animals

Digital radiographs (or X-rays), ultrasounds, and the Vimago HDVI (similiar to a CT scan) are extremely useful in diagnosing concerns with a patient’s heart, lungs, abdominal organs, bones and more. This process is painless, safe and completely non-invasive.

Trust Our Vets with Your Pet’s Diagnosis

If your pet is showing signs of illness, look to Care First Animal Hospital for an accurate diagnosis. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Care First Animal Hospital offers our patients diagnostic medicine in Raleigh from our locations across the Triangle, including OberlinGlenwood, and Tryon.


Digital thermal imaging is your opportunity to get a full understanding of your pet’s circulatory, nervous and musculoskeletal systems.

What is Digatherm? 

Digatherm is a state-of-the-art thermographic imaging system that utilizes a highly sensitive infrared camera to capture and measure temperature patterns emitted by your pet. The temperatures are then converted into images where thermal emissions can be visualized and analyzed by a veterinarian. Digatherm allows pet owners to get a comprehensive look at their pet’s health, recovery progress and more.

To learn more about digital infrared thermal imaging, contact our office!

How Thermal Imaging Can Help Your Pet

  1. Early disease detection: Temperature irregularities may indicate a variety of health issues, including inflammation, infection and circulatory problems. By identifying causes for concern early, a veterinarian can intervene and provide timely treatment before potential issues become critical.
  2. Pain management: Pets often mask their pain, making it a challenge for veterinarians to accurately gauge their discomfort. Because higher temperatures can be associated with pain or inflammation, infrared imaging reveals where your pet may be hurting.
  3. Orthopedic evaluations: In cases of musculoskeletal injuries or orthopedic conditions, Thermal imaging can be used to assess the extent of damage and monitor your pet’s healing. Veterinarians utilizing this technology are empowered to make informed decisions regarding surgical interventions, rehabilitation or ongoing care.
  4. Monitoring chronic conditions: Digital imaging allows veterinarians to monitor the progression of chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. If any changes are detected, a veterinarian can adjust treatment plans as needed.

Digatherm Benefits

  • Non-invasive
  • No radiation
  • Timely interventions
  • Improved quality of life

Give Your Pet the Care They Deserve

Our team at Care First Animal Hospital takes pride in their veterinary services to pets within Raleigh, NC and the Triangle. Schedule an appointment today!

Ultrasounds & X-Rays

Ultrasounds are not only useful for humans, but when used as diagnostic medicine on pets, they have proven to be a very effective tool. Care First Animal Hospital is proud to offer ultrasounds in Raleigh, NC and locations throughout the Triangle. After all, it is our goal to provide our patients with the best veterinary services by using the latest technologies available for pets.

What Is An Ultrasound?

Ultrasonography is a diagnostic tool that produces ultrasound waves to create an internal image of the patient’s body. Ultrasounds differ from X-rays in that they don’t use radiation and utilize high-frequency sound waves to create a picture of the inside of the patient.

A non-invasive, painless procedure, our Raleigh diagnostic ultrasounds generate images of abdominal organs, such as the liver, spleen, gallbladder and kidneys. Ultrasounds can also provide information about heart valves, blood flow through the heart and contractions of the heart muscle. This helps our trained, experienced veterinarians determine what is wrong with your pet and the best treatment plan for the illness.