Diagnostic & Laboratory Services

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In-House Laboratory & Diagnostic Services

The Dana Point Animal Hospital team understands how vital a quick and accurate diagnosis can be in the care of your pet. That's why we have complete, in-house laboratory and diagnostic services, including ultrasound and digital radiography (x-ray). These tools mean we are able to provide the highest standard of medicine for your pet and offer the best treatment plan possible.

Our veterinary team also maintain relationships with referral laboratories and specialists, such as veterinary radiologists, that we can utilize whenever necessary.


Digital radiographs (X-rays) create an image of your pet's bones and internal organs by directing electromagnetic radiation toward the part of the body in question. These images can shed light on ailments such as skeletal fractures and foreign bodies, show the extent of dental disease and even indicate areas of soft tissue damage in some cases.


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As a complement to radiographs and labwork, ultrasound is indicated when your veterinarian needs a more detailed view of your pet's internal organs and soft tissues. Ultrasound images allow your veterinarian to rule in or out possible diagnoses and develop an appropriate treatment plan for your animal. The type of waves used to create an ultrasound image make this modality more suited to viewing your pet's soft tissue structures versus an x-ray. Your veterinary team may recommend ultrasound to evaluate tendon or ligament damage, get a closer look at your pet's internal organs or even suggest its use in certain procedures like biopsies or centesis.