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Veterinary Diagnostics Services in Charlotte, NC

Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital of Charlotte uses the most current on-site, modern diagnostic equipment and techniques to ensure timely and accurate diagnosis for your sick pet.

In-house Laboratory

Our brand new in-house laboratory machines allow for rapid, onsite diagnosis of many conditions which previously had to be sent to a lab to be analyzed. While it once took 24 hours or more to get results as to what was affecting your pet, we can now have an answer in as little as 10 minutes. Whether it is comprehensive lab work to help diagnose insidious diseases, pre-anesthetic labs needed to make sure our patients are healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, or routine screening for safety and dosing of ongoing medications, CCVH of Charlotte is prepared to quickly help your pet in their time of need.


As our pets age, they can develop new lumps and bumps. If you find a new bump on your pet or feel that existing ones are growing or changing, we recommend a fine needle aspirate. This is when a needle is introduced into the mass and cells are collected from it. The cells are then evaluated under a microscope to look for abnormalities. This is what is referred to as a cytology. Based on the results of the cytology, your pet's veterinarian will then work with you to formulate a medical or surgical treatment plan for your companion. 

Another example of in-house cytology we are able to perform would be the evaluation for ear infections. This condition is one of the more common ailments that we see and treat on a daily basis. Some of the most common causes of ear infections include recent swimming, grooming, or ongoing allergies to food or the environment. To obtain an ear cytology, a swab is introduced into both ears and the debris is collected. It is then placed on a slide and evaluated under a microscope. Upon evaluation, we are looking for signs of inflammation, yeast, and bacteria. Based on the type of infection an animal has, the appropriate medication is then prescribed and the road to relief has begun!

Evaluating urine is another common form of cytology utilized within our clinic. Should your pet develop a urinary tract infection (UTI), a urine sample is collected and evaluated microscopically. We look for signs of infection, crystals, and bacteria, as well as for signs of other underlying diseases. A treatment plan is then formulated which may include antibiotics, diet change, or both.

Digital Radiology

Digital radiology (x-ray) is a great tool to aid in the diagnosis of a wide variety of conditions affecting your pet. Our digital system captures images without the need for traditional film and processing. This instantly allows us to review the images, adjust them for better diagnosis, and retake them quickly if needed. Since they are digital, we can also quickly save them to a disc for you to take home, or send them off electronically for review by a board certified radiologist. The type of things digital radiology can help us diagnose include bladder or kidney stones, musculoskeletal injuries, obstructions in the GI tract, heart disease/failure, cancer, among other conditions.


Unlike radiographs, which can only show the general shape and density of internal structures, ultrasound is able to penetrate the inside of organs and tissue so we can better evaluate its composition. Our in-house ultrasound equipment provides us with the ability to diagnose a myriad of conditions that we would otherwise miss with radiographs alone. Ultrasound is an excellent means to evaluate the internal working of an animal without putting them through extensive exploratory surgery. There are numerous conditions that we can diagnose including intestinal disease (IBD/intestinal lymphoma/foreign body), effusion (fluid in a body cavity or around the heart), cancer (both cancerous and benign), and gall bladder/liver disease to name a few. The ultrasound is also used for collection of diagnostic samples including urine, abdominal or thoracic fluids, and aspirates from the organs or surrounding lymph nodes.


Endoscopy is the use of specialized video cameras to evaluate areas within the body in a minimally invasive manner. In most instances, endoscopy is performed for diagnostic purposes allowing visualization and sampling of abnormalities. This procedure is often performed based on results obtained from radiographs, ultrasound, or both. Examples of ailments in which endoscopy would be useful include foreign body extraction from the stomach, evaluation of stomach lining for gastric ulcerations/masses, obtaining biopsies for suspected IBD/Intestinal lymphomas, and evaluation of the esophagus for strictures.  

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Office Hours

Monday7:30 - 5:30
Tuesday7:30 - 5:30
Wednesday7:30 - 5:30
Thursday7:30 - 5:30
Friday7:30 - 12:002:00 - 5:30
Saturday8:00 - 12:00
Day Morning
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30 - 5:30 7:30 - 5:30 7:30 - 5:30 7:30 - 5:30 7:30 - 12:00 8:00 - 12:00 Closed
2:00 - 5:30


I have used Dr Johnson ever since she opened this office and my pets love her to death. She is very caring and does not rush you and always answers your questions in layman's terms. She loves her work along with her associates.

Fred H.
Charlotte, NC