Not all problems are surface problems. Your pet’s health issue may result from an underlying condition, but luckily, we can see below the surface. At Santa Monica Pet Medical Center, we feature comprehensive diagnostic testing with our full IDEXX lab suite and advanced imaging equipment. For just about any case, we have the technology in house.
We want healthy pets to stay healthy, so we often perform some routine tests during annual check-ups to screen for any underlying problems. It’s as important to understand your pet’s healthy results as the unhealthy ones. These tests may include:
Complete blood count
Blood chemistry panel
Heartworm, now a concern in Santa Monica
Skin and ear tests
For more specific case-by-case testing, we also do:
Skin scraping and fungal cultures
Cat disease screenings
Fine needle biopsy for tumors
Allergy testing, if allergies are suspected
Any in-house testing will have a quick turnaround, often within the hour. Outsourced testing is typically available in three to five days, although specialty tests may take longer. In the case of an emergency, however, we can do mosts tests in-house for your pet. No matter what your pet’s lifestyle, we recommend year-round flea, tick and heartworm prevention to keep your pet free from these pests and the health dangers they cause.
Santa Monica Pet Medical Center offers the latest in imaging technology. The images produced are digitized and detailed, so we can see fractures and breaks, locate foreign objects in the body, and even recognize signs of hip dysplasia. X-rays are also used in dental imaging for a comprehensive picture of your pet’s dental health.
Ultrasound, or sonography, is another useful diagnostic tool that is entirely harmless to your pet. It allows us to see inside your pet’s body all in motion, so we can more readily identify issues involving heart function, internal organs, as well as tendons muscles, and joints.
We also have Storz video endoscopy to perform minimally invasive procedures, including foreign body retrieval.