Animals that experience illness or injury cannot provide much information about where it hurts or what has happened. Pet diagnostics play a critical part in helping your vet to determine the problem and the correct treatment. At Firestone Animal Hospital in Downey, CA, we offer a variety of tests to help diagnose your pet’s health problem quickly and accurately.

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Technology for Pet Diagnostics

Medical technology provides images that allow the vet to look inside your pet’s body, to find abnormalities that could indicate a problem. X-rays provide a look at the hard structures in the body, such as the bones, joints, and spine. Ultrasound uses sound waves that bounce off the tissue that is then converted into images on a computer screen. This type of test can help to determine changes in the size or structure of internal organs that may require treatment. Endoscopy uses a tiny camera at the end of a long tube that is inserted into the body through small incisions, to detect problems in the internal organs.

Diagnostic Blood Tests

Blood chemistry tests show levels of important chemicals in the body and changes in these numbers can indicate the onset of diseases. Pet bloodwork can detect infection in the body, anemia and other problems associated with illness or injury. Blood chemistry changes can also show tick-borne diseases, autoimmune system problems, poisoning and parasitic diseases that might be present. Blood tests can also detect the presence of heartworms that can make your pet very sick.

Tests Can Detect Many Common Pet Illnesses

X-rays, endoscopy and ultrasound, along with blood chemistry panels, urinalysis and tissue analysis help veterinarians get to the source of pet health problems so treatment can begin immediately. They allow your Downey veterinarian to diagnose problems such as heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, endocrine system problems, cancer, disorders of the urinary tract and gastrointestinal dysfunction. These tests can be particularly important in the emergency care of animals when timely treatment can save your pet’s life.

Make Firestone Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Downey, CA

Dr. Rocha has extensive training in veterinary medicine to help maintain the health of his patients in Downey, CA and nearby areas. We are a full-service facility offering examinations, vaccinations, preventative care, dental care, surgery, and urgent care. We also provide boarding and grooming. Call Firestone Animal Hospital today at 562-928-1341 for an appointment to learn about the pet bloodwork and technologies that can help keep your pet healthy.

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7539 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241, United States

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