Our Pico Rivera veterinarians use the diagnostic tests and tools in our in-house vet lab to diagnose your pet's medical conditions and create personalized treatment options.

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Diagnostic Vet Lab

We use multiple different diagnostic imaging techniques every day in our lab. This allows us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures. 

At Pico Rivera Animal Hospital, we have advanced tests set up to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital dental X-rays to ultrasound and surgical lasers. 

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

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In-house Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Pico Rivera

We perform tests and get results quickly in our in-house laboratory so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and start treatment fast.

Our pet pharmacy in Pico Rivera is stocked with all the prescription medications and diets your pet could need, giving our vets quick access while your pet is in our care.

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Our Diagnostic Services 

Through our in-house veterinary diagnostic laboratory, we are thrilled 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 spot issues going on inside your pet that are invisible to the naked eye.

    Radiography is safe, non-invasive, painless, and only uses extremely 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 bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, and some tumors. 

  • Ultrasound

    The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.

    With ultrasound imaging, we expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. 

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

  • Surgical Lasers

    In veterinary laser surgery, a highly focused laser beam is used to efficiently vaporize or chip away the tissue. As the laser performs this task it also seals the capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings.

    Surgical lasers can reduce bleeding, pain, and your pet's risk of infection, leading to a shorter recovery period for many of our patients.

  • Bloodwork

    At our vet lab in Pico Rivera, 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 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 is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health. 

  • 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 Pico Rivera.

    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 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.  

  • 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. It reveals data that may be integral to your pet's diagnosis. 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 Pico Rivera vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.