Exams and Diagnostic Testing

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Every pet is required to be examined at least once a year to receive any veterinary services.

Puppies and kittens, senior pets, and those with chronic conditions may need more frequent examinations.  In addition to a physical examination, the wellness examination may include recommendations regarding parasite prevention, vaccinations, training, grooming, and diet. The lifestyle of your dog or cat and risk factors for disease will be taken into consideration and any family concerns can be discussed.







Every pet should have a fecal examination at least once a year.

The purpose of fecal examinations, regular dewormings, and preventative treatment is to eliminate parasites in our pets that could potentially threaten their health. These exams also eliminate any risk to humans by zoonotic parasites. A fresh fecal sample can be dropped off at our hospital during regular business hours, no appointment needed. Results will be given over the phone the following business day.

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Every dog should be tested for Heartworm once a year.

Heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) live in the pulmonary arteries of dogs and if untreated can cause cough, exercise intolerance, difficult breathing, enlarged liver, collapse, and death.  Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes and coyotes have been identified as carriers. Although the prevalence of heartworms in California is not as high as in other parts of the country, local dogs and cats have contracted heartworm even if they had not traveled out of the area. Annual heartworm tests are ideal for prevention and necessary to refill any prescription of preventative heartworm products, such as Revolution and HeartGard.




Digital radiographs (x-rays) are available for our patients. Seconds after an image is taken a radiograph image on a monitor. Digital radiographs decrease the time a dog or cat needs to be up on the x-ray table and the overall time it takes to get results.  If a second opinion is necessary, we can quickly send the images to a board-certified radiologist. Another advantage to digital radiographs is that we can easily copy the images onto a CD for you to keep.

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In addition to using an outside veterinary reference laboratory, we can run blood chemistry panels and complete blood counts in our in house laboratory. Rapid SNAP tests for heartworm, feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus, and parvovirus tests are done on site while you wait.  Cytology of skin and ears allows microscopic evaluation of infection to determine the best course of treatment.