Pet Diagnostics: A Deeper Look

Sometimes a pet wellness exam isn’t enough for a complete diagnosis. At the Animal Hospital of San Luis Obispo, we use the most advanced pet diagnostics to give the most accurate diagnosis possible. Digital radiography, or X-rays, exposes your fur baby to such a small amount of radiation that it’s even safe for pregnant pets.

Our ultrasonography machine helps us find conditions found in your pet’s internal abdominal organs, like the liver, kidneys and gall bladder. We even have electrocardiography available for pets who may have heart conditions. Treating the pets of San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas are our first priority and diagnostics help us do just that.

Digital Radiography

State-of-the-Art Digital Radiography

Our X-ray services are performed in-house, so we have instantaneous answers about your pet’s health. The conditions X-rays help diagnose go well beyond fractures and broken bones. We can take a closer look at your pet’s internal organs by examining their size, position and shape. Digital radiography is a valuable tool when it comes to pet diagnostics. Some of the issues it helps treat include:

  • Foreign Bodies
  • Liver, Kidney and Heart Disease
  • Intestinal Blockage
  • Bladder Stones
  • Chronic Arthritis
  • Some Types of Tumors


High-Tech Ultrasonography

When your furry family member is pregnant or is having issues with their abdominal organs, it’s time for an ultrasound. Using high-frequency sound waves and echoes, ultrasonography produces 2-dimensional images that are relayed to us on a screen in real time. Some of the conditions our in-house ultrasound machine help us diagnose:

  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Abnormal Lymph Nodes
  • Abdominal Masses
  • Abdominal Fluid
  • Number of Puppies or Kittens in a Litter


Specialized Electrocardiography

Pets can have heart conditions, just like humans do. An electrocardiogram performed by a cardiology specialist helps us identify abnormal heartbeats, otherwise known as arrhythmias. When your furry friend receives our electrocardiography service, you can be at ease knowing it’s completely safe. A specialist uses electrodes placed on your pet’s chest and legs to record the electrical activity of their heart.

Electrocardiography is also helpful in identifying heart enlargement, which is a common symptom of many heart diseases.

Please contact us online or call 805-543-0985 for more information about our pet diagnostics. We’re always excited to help pets and their humans.