Diagnostic Services

Digital Radiology at Aloro Pet ClinicAs part of our commitment to provide you with access to the best medical care for your pet, we have also invested in the latest advanced diagnostic technology. After performing a thorough examination, diagnostic tests are sometimes necessary to identify the underlying cause of your pet's illness.

Digital Radiographs

Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine because of their ability to penetrate tissues and show your pet's organs and bones. At Aloro Pet Clinic, we use X-rays to examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas, and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can tell us what we need to know.

Because X-rays are such a valuable diagnostic tool, Aloro Pet Clinic has invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:

  • They can be immediately viewed on a computer monitor.
  • The clear, detailed images can be manipulated so we can get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs, leading to a quicker, more accurate diagnosis.
  • They take less time to process, which means less time for your pet on the X-ray table (and less stress), and less waiting time for you.
  • No harsh chemicals are needed to develop the images, reducing potential harm to our staff and the environment.
  • If a second opinion is needed, digital X-rays can be sent by email to a specialist. We always discuss this with you beforehand and only act with your approval.

Advanced diagnostic capabilities are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, especially because we can't simply ask our patients what is wrong. Our investment in digital X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.

Veterinary Ultrasound in San Fernando ValleyUltrasound

Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure we use to evaluate your pet's internal organs. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet's health. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet's organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone.

We use ultrasounds to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure and position of your pet's abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram), and diagnose pregnancy. It can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies.

The ultrasound procedure at Aloro Pet Clinic is performed by a board-certified practitioner and takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform. Unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, it does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment and minimize your worry and stress.

Endoscopy

Our veterinary team commonly utilizes Endoscopy, a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure, to evaluate the interior surfaces of your pet's organs through a small tube inserted into his or her body. An endoscopic examination can often accurately diagnose the cause of your pet's vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain or swelling, loss of appetite or respiratory problems.

The endoscope is composed of a long tube (flexible or rigid), a light source, camera and viewing eyepiece. In addition to the fiber optic light source, there are two channels within the tube. One channel is for passing forceps, snares or biopsy instruments, allowing for the removal of foreign objects, collection of biopsy samples and removal of small polyps or tumors. Air or water can be passed through the other channel for better viewing of the tissue or organ.

Although anesthesia is required to keep pets still during the endoscopic procedure, the amount and recovery time is minimal. The benefits of endoscopy over exploratory surgery include no surgical incision, shortened anesthetic time, decreased inflammation, less stress and discomfort, and an earlier return to normal function for your pet.

Accurate diagnosis of your pet's symptoms begins with our ability to put together as complete and accurate a picture of what is going on inside your pet's body as possible. For that reason, endoscopy is recommended when routine blood and urine tests, radiographs, and ultrasound do not give us the complete diagnostic picture. A board-certified practitioner performs all endoscopies at Aloro Pet Clinic.

Veterinary Laboratory TestingOur In-House Laboratory

When performing routine wellness examinations or diagnosing an illness, what our veterinarians can't see is as important, if not more important, than what they can see. Laboratory testing provides information about your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures.

Because protecting your pet's health is our most important job, we have an in-house diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform blood-chemistry panels that measures electrolytes, enzymes and chemical elements of your pet's blood. Blood-chemistry panels help diagnose and treat illness, as well as monitor your pet's response to treatment. We also complete pre-anesthetic profiles prior to spays and neuters.

Timely access to these precise test results is an invaluable part of our medical team's ability to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.

If you would like more information about the veterinary diagnostic services Aloro Pet Clinic offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Valley Village, please call (818) 766-8197.