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Veterinary Technology

Our veterinary team uses the diagnostic tests and tools in our in-house veterinary lab in order to accurately diagnose and craft treatment plans to Santa Cruz County pets' needs.  

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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

We use technologies like electromagnetic radiation for our diagnostic imaging procedures. These technologies allow us to produce high quality images of your pet's internal systems and structures.

At Aptos-Creekside Pet Hospital, we use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to help us in accurately diagnosing your pet's health issues. We offer a wide variety of services, from ultrasound and digital radiology to therapeutic lasers.

With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we can efficiently produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options.

Diagnostic & Lab Technology, Santa Cruz County Vet

In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Santa Cruz County

We perform tests and get quick results using our in-house laboratory so we are able to diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.

Our pet pharmacy in Santa Cruz County is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.

Diagnostic & Lab Technology, Santa Cruz County Vet

Our 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 only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females 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. 

  • Ultrasound

    The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.

    With ultrasound imaging, we expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves 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 dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner. 

  • Bloodwork

    At our vet lab in Santa Cruz County 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 of the most common veterinary blood tests we do are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile. 

  • Digital Dental X-Rays

    If your cat or dog is suffering periodontal disease, much of this damage occurs below the gum line where it can't be easily seen. Digital dental X-Rays help our veterinarians assess your pet's oral health.

    Digital X-Rays are safer for your pet. They allow our team of veterinary professionals to examine roots, bones and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.

    With digital X-Rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-Ray technology. We are able to see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully evaluate each tooth.

    This technology allows your Santa Cruz County vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.

  • Warm Therapeutic Lasers

    Laser therapy is an increasingly popular and no-invasive treatment for pets who are suffering from injuries and illness, especially inflammatory conditions. 

    Warm, or "hot", lasers, are beams of light of a particular wavelength that have enough power to generate heat (or warmth) when they are directed at the skin. All laser therapy triggers cell activity in the area being treated, reducing inflammation, alleviating pain, relaxing muscles and encouraging the healing process. 

    Additionally, warm lasers like those offered at our Santa Cruz County veterinary hospital are able to provide topical heating and temporary pain relief for pets who undergo this procedure.

New Patients Welcome

Aptos-Creekside Pet Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Santa Cruz County companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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(831) 688-4242