Our Los Angeles veterinarians use a collection of diagnostic tests and tools in our in-house veterinary diagnostic laboratory to accurately identify medical conditions and quickly personalize a treatment plan best suited to their individual needs.

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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

In our vet lab, we use a variety of technologies for diagnostic imaging. This allows us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures. 

At Washington Dog and Cat Hospital, we have cutting-edge tools to help precisely identify your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound and cold lasers. 

With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we can provide conclusive diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options.

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In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Los Angeles

We can get test results quickly with the help of our in-house vet lab, so your pet's symptoms can be diagnosed and treatment can begin as fast as possible.

Our vet pharmacy in Los Angeles is stocked with a range of prescription foods and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.

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Our Diagnostic Services 

With our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab we are pleased to offer advanced diagnostic testing to allow our vets to provide an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.

  • 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 levels of radiation. Because the level of radiation used is so low, even pregnant females and very young pets can tolerate this procedure.

    Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, diagnosing conditions such as broken bones, spinal cord diseases, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, and even some types of tumors. 

  • Ultrasound

    Imaging with ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves that produce images of the internal structures that it's focused on.

    Ultrasound images are captured in real-time, meaning that we can see the structures moving. We can see things like blood flow and movement of internal organs.

    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. 

  • Bloodwork

    At our vet lab in Los Angeles, we are able to run a number of common and specialized blood tests to determine the health of your pet and to diagnose illness.

    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

    Urinalysis is an important 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 used to detect issues relating to other organ systems and is vitally important for diagnosing metabolic diseases like diabetes. 

    This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any overall evaluation of your pet's health. 

  • Fecal Exams

    A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which are commonly performed at our in-house vet lab in Los Angeles.

    The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any GI infections that could be compromising your pet's health and even the health of your family. Fecals allow your vet to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms. 

    Parasites can not only make pets irritable and uncomfortable, but they can also 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.  

  • ECG / EKG

    If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet may have a heart disorder, we usually take chest X-rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).

    This procedure can be completed easily and quickly and reveal data that may be integral to diagnosing your pet. In other cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.

  • 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 the roots, bones and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.

    With digital X-rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-ray technology. We are able to see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully evaluate each tooth.

    This technology allows your Los Angeles vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review any abnormalities.