Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
We use a wide variety of treatments, including electromagnetic radiation, for diagnosing your pet with diagnostic imaging procedures. These allow us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal systems and structures.
At San Diego Bay Animal Hospital, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound and cold lasers.
Using our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we are able to efficiently produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide them with immediate treatment options tailored to their needs.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in San Diego
We perform tests and get results quickly in our in-house laboratory so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in our San Diego hospital is stocked with a wide variety of prescriptions medications and diets, allow use to have quick access to any and all medications you pet may require while they are in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
Using our in-house veterinary diagnostic lab, we are pleased to offer advanced diagnostic testing in order to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of any health issues your pet is experiencing.
- Radiography (Digital X-Rays)
Using a radiograph (digital x-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is safe, painless and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo this procedure.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate your pet's organs and bones to diagnose conditions like bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, broken bones and some tumors.
The use of diagnostic imaging allows our vets to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal systems and structures.
With ultrasound imaging, we expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.
Since we are able to capture ultrasound images in real-time, we are able to see your pet's internal structures and systems function, including blood running through their blood vessels!
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner.
In our veterinary lab in San Diego, we are able to run a number of different and specialized blood tests in order to determine the health of your pet and diagnose their illnesses.
Some of the most common veterinary blood tests we do are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a key diagnostic test that provides your vet with essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to assess the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also be helpful in detecting issues in other organ systems and is important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This can be a very valuable diagnostic tool both for healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health and well-being.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in San Diego.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any gastrointestinal issues that may be compromising the health of your pet, and even the health of your family. Fecal exams allow your vet to determine if your pet has any intestinal parasites like hookworms, heartworms and roundworms.
Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your cat or dog is suffering periodontal disease, much of this damage occurs below the gum line where it can't be easily seen. Digital dental X-Rays help our veterinarians assess your pet's oral health.
Digital X-Rays are safer for your pet. They allow our team of veterinary professionals to examine roots, bones and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.
With digital dental x-rays, the risk fo radiation exposure for your pet is much lower than with traditional x-ray technologies.We will be able to see below the surface of your pet's gums in order to individually evaluate echa of their teeth.
This technology allows your San Diego vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.