Our Laguna Beach veterinarians use diagnostic tests and tools in our in-house vet lab to accurately diagnose your pet's medical conditions and customize treatment plans.

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Vet Diagnostic Lab

For diagnostic imaging, we use electromagnetic radiation and other technologies in our veterinary diagnostic lab. This enables us to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.

We have advanced tools at Canyon Animal Hospital to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. 

We can quickly produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options thanks to our diagnostic imaging capabilities.

Diagnostic & Lab Technology, Laguna Beach Vet

In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Laguna Beach

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 Laguna Beach 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.

Diagnostic & Lab Technology, Laguna Beach Vet

Our Diagnostic Services 

We are pleased to provide advanced diagnostic testing through our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, which enables 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.

  • Ultrasound

    Diagnostic imaging allows our veterinary team to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.

    We use ultrasound imaging to create images of the inside of the body by exposing a portion of the body to high-frequency sound waves.

    We can see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels because we capture ultrasound images in real-time.

    Because we have this valuable technology available to our veterinarians in our in-house lab, your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can begin sooner.

  • Endoscopy

    An endoscope is a small camera with a light attached to the end of a flexible tube.

    An endoscopy is a procedure in which a long, thin tube is inserted directly into the body to examine an internal organ or tissue in great detail.

    Minimally invasive endoscopes can be inserted into body openings such as the mouth or anus.

  • Cold Lasers

    Cold laser therapy can help relieve pain, stimulate and enhance cell function, and improve healing. Low-intensity lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are used and have been shown to improve joint and muscle pain, arthritis symptoms, and muscle spasms.

  • Bloodwork

    We can run a variety of common and specialized blood tests at our vet lab in Laguna Beach 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

    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 Laguna Beach 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.  

  • CT Scans

    CT (computed tomography) scans combine X-ray images and computer technology to assist us in identifying and diagnosing a wide range of diseases and disorders in your pet's body. They have evolved into an essential imaging tool in veterinary medicine.

  • ECG / EKG

    We usually take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG) if your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet has a heart disorder.

    This procedure is simple and quick to complete. It reveals information that may be critical to your pet's diagnosis. In other cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify problems in the heart's chambers.

  • 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 Laguna Beach vet to immediately see results and then project them onto a computer screen for review.