Medical Services

Medical Services at Rainier Veterinary Hospital SeattleOur knowledgeable staff and modernized facility are equipped to handle a variety of medical conditions, including emergencies. Because we can perform many diagnostic procedures in-house at Rainier Veterinary Hospital, we often can give you immediate answers and start treating your pet faster. Medical services that we provide include:


Cardiology (Heart)

Heart problems are more common in older pets; however, they can affect pets at any age. Although heart disease is typically a life-threatening condition, early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life. In fact, some forms of heart disease can be cured.


Dermatology (Skin)

Skin problems are common in dogs and cats and can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites (like fleas and mites). These issues can be particularly difficult to treat and should be addressed promptly.


Digital Radiography

We are proud to offer digital radiography (X-rays that are captured digitally rather than on film). This state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide a quicker diagnosis for your pet and uses less radiation than traditional X-rays.


Endocrinology (Hormones)

Several common endocrine disorders can be found in dogs and cats, including diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism (more common in dogs), hyperthyroidism (more common in cats), Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism), and Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism). These serious, potentially life-threatening conditions are much more manageable when caught early, allowing us to begin proper treatment.


Health Screening & Tests

Medical Services at Rainier Veterinary Hospital Seattle

For most of our tests, we collect samples in-clinic and submit them to an outside laboratory. We usually receive results within 1–2 business days, depending on the specific laboratory test. Common tests include general health screens and blood work, tests for endocrine diseases, urine, and fecal.


Infection Preventives

Heartworms, fleas, ticks, and other internal and external parasites are much more than just pests; they can cause life-threatening conditions in your pet—and cause severe, potentially fatal, health problems for you and your family. Together, we can tailor a plan for your pet that includes parasite prevention and control.



Also known as ultrasound or sonography, ultrasonography is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine your pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate your pet’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.