Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
For diagnostic imaging, we use electromagnetic radiation and other technologies. This enables us to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
We have advanced tools at Surfside Animal Hospital to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We provide a wide range of services, including digital radiology, fecal exams, and urinalysis.
We can quickly produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options thanks to our diagnostic imaging capabilities.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Oceanside
In our in-house laboratory, we perform tests and obtain results quickly so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our Oceanside pet pharmacy is stocked with a variety of prescription diets and medications, allowing us quick access to any medications your pet may require while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
We are pleased to offer advanced diagnostic testing through our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, allowing our veterinarians to provide an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
We can examine your pet's internal systems with a radiograph (digital x-ray) to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is a non-invasive, painless procedure. It only employs very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required for radiography is so low, even pregnant women and very young pets can have this procedure performed.
Radiographs can be used to assess bones and organs as well as diagnose conditions such as broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, and some tumors.
We collaborate with a mobile radiologist who will come to our clinic to perform the test, removing the need for our pet patients to travel elsewhere for this important diagnostic service.
We can run a variety of common and specialized blood tests at our vet lab in Oceanside to determine your pet's health and diagnose illness.
CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile are some of the most common veterinary blood tests we perform.
Urinalysis is a critical diagnostic test that provides your veterinarian with critical information about the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to evaluate the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also be useful in detecting problems in other organ systems and is critical in diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This is an important diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals, and it should be included in any comprehensive assessment of your pet's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces that can be performed at our Oceanside vet lab.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to detect and treat any GI infections that may be endangering your pet's or your family's health. Fecals enable your veterinarian to determine whether your pet has intestinal parasites like roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites can cause discomfort and irritability in pets, as well as lead to more serious conditions. Some are even transmissible to humans.
These parasites are often hidden from view because they live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract. A fecal exam is the only way to detect them.
Annual fecal examinations should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your cat or dog has periodontal disease, much of the damage occurs below the gum line, where it is difficult to see. Our veterinarians can assess your pet's oral health using digital dental X-rays.
Digital X-Rays are less dangerous to your pet. They enable our veterinary team to examine the roots, bones, and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.
The risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower with digital X-Rays than with traditional X-Ray technology. To fully evaluate each tooth, we can see below the surface of your pet's gum line.
This technology allows your Oceanside vet to immediately see results and then project them onto a computer screen for review.