Diagnostic Services


We have a state-of-the-art x-ray machine and dental machine that produces excellent quality radiographs (X-rays). Radiographs are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical problems. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas. An x-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect some tumors or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, x-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making surgery easier for your pet-and your veterinarian.


Let us take care of your pet while you are away. We offer boarding for healthy pets of all ages as well as pets with medical needs. We can also provide food for your pet, though we encourage clients to bring a supply of their pet's own food, as sudden dietary changes can often lead to gastrointestinal problems. Please call us for details.


Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure that complements x-rays and allows our clinicians to better visualize internal organs in the chest and abdomen. This painless diagnostic technique is normally done without sedation of your pet. Ultrasound is invaluable for making treatment decisions for various types of heart disease. It also allows us to biopsy organs such as the liver, kidney and spleen through a tiny "keyhole" incision. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, major surgery is avoided and your pet can often go home the same day.


Neurology cases may be referred to Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. Our hospital also consults with Dr. Cathy Reese, a board certified specialist in surgery, and Dr. John Ledoux of Mobile Ultrasound. Each patient is handled on a case-by-case basis to provide the highest level of care possible. If needed, we can help the client make all arrangements to refer to the specialists in Massachusetts or New Hampshire. We have contacts with surgeons, neurologists, dermatologists, behaviorists, ophthalmologists, and many other board certified specialists.

Created by James D. Tanner for Boxford Animal Hospital 2017; Updated September 2021