In-House Diagnostics

Sometimes a physical exam is not enough to determine what is wrong with your beloved pet.

We Perform In-House Diagnostics for Fast, Accurate Results

During a hands-on examination, our veterinarians can tell a lot about your pet’s overall health.  Sometimes, though, they need to look a bit deeper. After all, our patients can’t tell us what’s wrong or let us know what hurts. Instead, we rely on advanced diagnostic equipment to examine internal structures, assess organ function, and more. While many veterinarians need to send their patients or their samples out for testing, we are thrilled to offer in-house diagnostics for pets in San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch, San Clemente, Dana Point, Mission Viejo, and the surrounding areas. In doing so, we can obtain fast, accurate results and get your furry friend on the road to recovery quickly.

Our In-House Testing Capabilities

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Diagnostic Laboratory Testing

Our well-equipped in-house laboratory enables us to process blood, urine, fecal, and other samples in-house. Since we do not need to send most samples to an outside laboratory for interpretation, we can obtain results quickly — often within minutes. This allows us to begin treatment without delay and ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

We also rely on our laboratory equipment when examining pets prior to surgery. We can perform pre-surgical bloodwork the day of your pet’s scheduled surgery, eliminating the need for an extra trip to the hospital. We also use this equipment to monitor patients’ ongoing health and look for early warning signs of certain illnesses.

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Ultrasound is a non-invasive technique that allows us to assess anatomy and pathology. Exams are completely painless, and there is typically no need for anesthesia. We rely on our ultrasound equipment when we need to examine the internal organs. For complex cases, we have a Veterinary Ultrasound Specialist who visits the facility.

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Digital Radiology

Our state-of-the-art digital radiology equipment allows us to produce exceptional x-rays in minutes. With x-rays, we can examine a patient’s internal structures, monitor pregnancies, and more. And with digital radiology, radiation exposure is minimal.

We also have digital dental radiology equipment that allows us to examine our patients’ teeth above and below the gumline.

In-House Diagnostics in San Juan Capistrano

If your pet needs diagnostic testing in the San Juan Capistrano area, we can help. Here at Ortega Animal Care Center, we offer a wide range of in-house diagnostic testing services and would be thrilled to have your furry friend as a patient. Call now to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.

Call us at (949) 298-9196

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