Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
At Altas Palmas Animal Clinic, we have advanced tools available that allow us to accurately diagnose your cat or dog's medical conditions. We can provide a range of services including digital radiology, ultrasounds, and cold lasers.
Our team uses electromagnetic radiation in combination with other technologies for diagnostic imaging. This helps us obtain detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we are able to access accurate diagnostic information regarding your pet's condition and offer you immediate options for treatment.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Harlingen
We conduct tests and get fast results with our in-house laboratory, so we are able to accurately diagnose your animal's symptoms and start treatment as quickly as possible.
Our Harlingen pet pharmacy contains a wide variety of prescription diets and medications, giving us easy access to the medications your pet might require while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
With our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, we can offer you advanced diagnostic testing that helps our veterinarians accurately diagnose your cat or dog's medical conditions.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
With a radiograph (digital X-ray), we are able to examine the internal systems of your pet to uncover information that might be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is non-invasive, painless, and safe. It only utilizes very low doses of radiation. Since the radiation exposure levels needed to conduct radiography are very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can have this procedure completed.
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.
Diagnostic imaging lets our team of veterinary professionals take very detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
When conducting ultrasound imaging, we expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to take images of the body's insides.
Since ultrasound images are taken in real-time, we are able to see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Since our vets have this valuable technology available in our in-house lab, we can quickly diagnose your dog or cat's condition and start treatment sooner.
- Cold Lasers
Cold laser therapy utilizes low-intensity lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that can help alleviate pain, stimulate and enhance cell function, increase blood flow and improve healing.
Several conditions have been shown improvement with the use of cold laser therapy including muscle spasms, arthritis symptoms, and muscle and joint pain.
At our vet lab in Harlingen, we can conduct a variety of common and specialized blood tests to evaluate the health of your pet, and diagnose illness.
A few of the most common veterinary blood tests we perform are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a vital diagnostic test that gives your vet key insights into the physical and chemical properties of your cat or dog's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to assess the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also be helpful in detecting issues in other organ systems and is important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your animal's feces, that can be completed at our in-house vet lab in Harlingen.
The main goal of a fecal exam is to find and treat any GI infections that may be compromising your pet's health and possibly the health of your family. Fecals let your vet determine if your cat or dog has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and cause more serious conditions. A few can even be transmitted to humans.
Because these parasites reside in the gastrointestinal tract of your pet, they are often hidden out of sight. The only way to find them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.