Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
We use electromagnetic radiation (digital X-ray technology) to produce detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
At Family Friends Veterinary Hospital, we have a variety of tools that help us provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical condition and overall health.
These technologies and tools also give our veterinary team vital insights into your pet's health that allow us to create a personalized treatment plan to address your cat or dog's specific health issues.
In-House Veterinary Lab & Pet Pharmacy in Citrus Heights
We perform tests and get results quickly thanks to the tools and technology found in our in-house vet laboratory. Our well-equipped lab provides our vets with the tools they need to diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Citrus Heights 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.
Our Diagnostic Services
With our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, our veterinary team is 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.
At our vet lab in Citrus Heights 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 (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a key diagnostic test that provides your vet with essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet'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
Fecal exams are microscopic examinations of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Citrus Heights.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any GI infections that could be compromising your pet's health and even the health of your family. Fecals allow your vet to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
In a biopsy, a skin sample or a small portion of a mass is taken for analysis. This procedure helps our veterinarians diagnose dermatological conditions and some cancers in cats and dogs.
Cytology is a non-invasive, microscopic examination of cell samples collected from a cat or dog's body. This is done in order to collect preliminary information about a pet's medical condition.
This can be performed to diagnose masses or growths on the surface of an animal's body as well as assess fluids and internal organs (kidney, liver, lung).
New Patients Always Welcome
Family Friends Veterinary Hospital is happy to accept new patients! Our vets are passionate about improving the health of Citrus Heights companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.