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How It Works

When Metropolitan Emergency & Specialty Center's fully equipped lab runs diagnostic tests on your pet, we check blood to determine the health of various elements of the body, including:

  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Pancreas
  • Thyroid
  • Protein level
  • Electrolytes
  • Red blood cells
  • White blood cells
  • Platelets
  • Clotting times

Information from the tests helps our veterinarians diagnose problems in your pet accurately. For example, a high red blood cell count can indicate dehydration while a low count can be a sign of anemia. A high, white blood cell count could be caused by inflammation, stress, or leukemia.

We can also check your pet’s urine to measure kidney function. This can help uncover infection, diabetes, and other conditions.

Metropolitan Emergency & Specialty Center can also test for other ailments, including:

  • Parasites in the small intestine (this can cause diarrhea)
  • Heartworm
  • Diseases from ticks, including Lyme disease
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

If necessary, our veterinarians also have all the necessary resources for performing surgery on your pet. We are committed to using the best and safest practices in veterinary science, and our staff will ensure your pet’s comfort throughout the entire process.

Pet Radiography

Pet radiography involves using X-rays to examine wounds and diagnose conditions and diseases. We carefully send radiation to a section of an animal’s body, which allows us to create an image of the animal’s insides without resorting to surgery. It is commonly used to diagnose such conditions as:

  • Fractured bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Infections
  • Arthritis
  • Bone cancer

Contact Us

Metropolitan Animal Emergency and Specialty Center


11503 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852

Clinic Hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year