When pets are ill, aging, or injured, they have no way to describe how they’re feeling. As a result, it’s up to pet owners and our veterinarians to observe changes in a cat’s or dog’s behavior, appearance, or appetite and to determine the underlying cause of illness. Thanks to a wide array of advanced diagnostic testing capabilities, our veterinarians at Pacific Animal Hospital are able to diagnose disease, determine the extent of a pet’s injury, or detect early signs of illness in pets with routine health screenings.
Comprehensive In-House Veterinary Diagnostics
Pacific Animal Hospital prioritizes fast diagnosis so that our patients can benefit from receiving swift treatment and relief. We offer a comprehensive menu of in-house diagnostic services that enables our veterinarians to work quickly to determine the underlying cause of illness or the extent of injury in a pet. Our diagnostic imaging and laboratory services include:
X-Ray and Ultrasound
X-ray images and real time ultrasounds allow veterinarians to peer inside your pet’s body to evaluate the form and function of internal structures. These safe, painless, and non-invasive tests have nixed the need for exploratory surgery.
Endoscope is comprised of a small camera attached to the end of a long tube. During an endoscopy, a veterinarian is able to evaluate the inner workings of a pet’s digestive system, looking for abnormalities or signs of disease.
Blood Panels, Urinalysis, and Fecal Testing
These tests provide a complete insight into the function of your pet’s body. They can help us evaluate the function of every organ and many of your pet’s systems. Using these, we can detect signs of disease, various types of infection, and even parasites.
An EKG measures and records the electrical impulses that occur inside a patient’s beating heart. With this test, our veterinarian can spot abnormalities inside the heart such as arrhythmia.
Blood Pressure Screening
A blood pressure screening can help us detect signs of heart disease by measuring whether or not a pet is suffering from hypertension.
Whether a saliva or ear swab or skin cell aspirate, we can quickly evaluate cell scrapings under a microscope.
Your Pet's Upcoming Appointment and Diagnostic Test Results
Depending on the reason for your pet’s appointment, our veterinarian might recommend specific diagnostic tests. We’ll explain the reason for ordering the tests, what we hope to learn from the tests, and what to expect during the test.
Most diagnostic tests can be performed on the same day as your pet’s appointment. Others might require scheduling a separate appointment time. Once we have the results, our veterinarian will evaluate the findings and explain what everything means to you. With this diagnosis, we’ll be able to discuss your pet’s treatment plan.
To learn more about your pet’s upcoming appointment in Redondo Beach or to diagnostic testing results, we welcome you to contact Pacific Animal Hospital.