Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Diagnostic imaging is performed using electromagnetic radiation and other technologies. This enables us to create highly detailed images of the internal structures of your pet.
At Bruceville Pet Hospital, we utilize advanced diagnostic tools to aid in the accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical problems. We provide a range of services, including digital radiology, ultrasound, and cold laser therapy.
With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we can quickly and accurately diagnose your pet's condition and offer immediate treatment options.
In-House Veterinary Diagnostic Lab & Pharmacy in Elk Grove
In our in-house veterinary diagnostic laboratory, we run tests and get results quickly so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our Elk Grove 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
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)
We can examine your pet's internal systems using a radiograph (digital x-ray) to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is a non-invasive, painless procedure. It makes use of extremely low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required for radiography is so low, it is safe to perform this procedure on pregnant females and very young pets.
Radiographs are used to evaluate bones and organs and to diagnose conditions such as broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, and certain types of tumors.
- Progesterone Test
In female dogs, progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovaries that helps with the reproductive process. As a female dog advances in her heat cycle, progesterone levels can be monitored through blood tests.
When progesterone levels are tracked and the spikes in this hormone measured, it can be used to determine optimum breeding dates that will maximize conception rates. Tracking progesterone can also help project a dog's due date when pregnant.
- Pre-Breeding Cultures
A veterinary examination is necessary for female dogs prior to breeding to ensure they're in good health and have no underlying problems that may impact whelping, nursing, or lactation.
A general discussion of the canine estrous cycle, ovulation timing techniques, and breeding management should take place before mating occurs. Furthermore, breeders should be aware that many genetic diseases are common to the breeds they represent. Our veterinarians can offer guidance and education on these topics.
We can run a variety of common and specialized blood tests to determine your pet's health and diagnose illness at our veterinary lab in Elk Grove.
CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, 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 on-site veterinarian laboratory in Elk Grove.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any gastrointestinal infections that may be compromising your pet's health, as well as your family's health. Fecals enable your veterinarian to diagnose intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms in your pet.
Parasites can make pets feel uneasy and irritable, and can even result in more serious conditions. Some are even transmissible to humans.
Due to their residence in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, these parasites are frequently hidden from view. They are only detectable through a fecal examination.
Fecal examinations should be included in every pet's routine wellness exam on an annual basis.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
Much of the damage caused by periodontal disease in your cat or dog occurs below the gum line, where it is difficult to see. Our veterinarians use digital dental X-rays to assess your pet's oral health.
Your pet will be safer with digital X-rays. They enable our veterinary team to examine the roots, bones, and internal anatomy of your cat's 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 Elk Grove veterinarian to see results right away and review them on a computer screen.
New Patients Welcome at Bruceville Pet Hospital
We are happily accepting new patients at our conveniently located Elk Grove veterinary clinic! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of companion animals. Reach out today to book your pet's first appointment.