Diagnostic Capabilities

Calabasas Veterinary Center offers advanced in-house diagnostics for most species. We have a full in-house laboratory that measures organ function and provides diagnostics on many diseases. In addition to organ, blood, and electrolyte evaluation, we have specific testing for pancreatic disease, and coagulation disorders.
  • We also screen for the serious viral diseases in cats, Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Aids Virus.
  • Puppies that have severe diarrhea can be tested for Canine Parvovirus while the owner waits.
  • For our outdoor dogs and those that go to parks or on hikes, we offer testing for tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease and Ehrlichiosis as well as heartworm screening.

Advanced diagnostics are supplemented by outside laboratories, and we use both local labs and those across the country to get the most up-to-date and advanced technology to evaluate our patients for diseases.

Advanced Ultrasonography

At Calabasas Veterinary Center we are proud to offer advanced diagnostic ultrasound imaging for our patients. Ultrasonography is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows visualization of abdominal structures.

Ultrasound of the abdomen is useful in the diagnosis of liver, gallbladder, pancreatic, adrenal, kidney, intestinal, splenic, and bladder disorders to name a few.

Echocardiology is the use of ultrasound to evaluate heart function and heart disease. Dogs and cats with murmurs and elevated cardiac enzymes (a special test called a proBNP) are evaluated using Doppler Echo, an advanced technique that allows visualization of blood flow through the heart and imaging of the valves in real time.

We also offer ultrasound of “small parts”, meaning eyes, and thyroid gland. Soon, we will offer ultrasound evaluation of joint spaces.

Ultrasound also allows a technique called percutaneous biopsy, where a sample of tissue is obtained using a guided needle through the skin targeted to the area to be sampled. Most times pets tolerate this procedure without any sedation or anesthesia. The results allow a non-invasive method of diagnosing potentially serious disorders.

Ophthalmology

Eye problems are common in pets. At Calabasas Veterinary Center we are equipped to diagnose and treat eye problems in dogs, cats, and exotic pets. Among the diagnostic techniques we offer are:

  • Schirmer Tear Test: Evaluates tear production and diagnoses “dry eye”, known as KCS.
  • Fluorescein Staining Technique: Allows visualization of corneal ulcers and corneal injuries with a special dye that glows under ultraviolet light.
  • Tonometry: This is the device to measure the intraocular pressure within the eye in order to diagnose and monitor glaucoma.
  • Direct ophthalmoscopy: This device allows visualization of the lens and retina for the evaluation of a variety of eye diseases.

We maintain a comprehensive pharmacy for the treatment and management of many eye diseases.