In-House Diagnostic Lab
At Spring Animal Hospital, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues.
We offer a variety of services from bloodwork and urinalysis to digital diagnostic imaging with both X-ray and ultrasound. These tools allow us to get a better look at your pet's internal systems.
With our diagnostic capabilities, we can efficiently produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options.
In-House Veterinary Lab & Pharmacy in Long Beach
Our Spring Animal Hospital in-house laboratory lets us quickly perform tests, diagnose your pet's symptoms, and start treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Long Beach is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, allowing us easy access to any medications or other prescriptions that your pet may need while in our care.
Spring Animal Hospital 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 very low doses of radiation, which means that even pregnant female animals 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.
The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
During this procedure, we use high-frequency sound waves on body parts 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 pet's condition can be examined and diagnosed quickly, and treatment can start sooner.
At our vet lab in Long Beach, 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 common veterinary blood tests are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC), hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is an important diagnostic test that provides your vet with 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. This test is key to 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 Long Beach.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any gastrointestinal (GI) infections or conditions that could be negatively affecting your pet's health and even the health of your family. Fecals allow your vet to determine if your pet has potentially dangerous intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view and can only be detected 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 a quick and easy way to reveal data that may be integral to your pet's diagnosis. In some cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.