Pet DiagnosticsRancho San Carlos Pet Clinic

We offer in-house radiology and laboratory services, including x-rays and ultrasounds.

Pet Diagnostics

We Provide Optimal Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services for Ill and Injured Pets:

Rancho San Carlos Pet Clinic provides exceptional screening, diagnostic, and treatment services. Our on-site laboratory, knowledge, and skills enable us to quickly and accurately screen and diagnose your beloved pets for common ailments, illnesses, and injuries. We are dedicated to determining the problem and establishing a treatment plan that is unique to your pet. We offer a wide range of tests and have the necessary technology to give us a powerful tool to better care for your pet.


In-House Lab Testing:

In addition to being able to check a CBC for red & white blood cells and a chemistry panel for organ function, we are now also able to run in house:

  • Blood clotting times to evaluate for bleeding disorders
  • Urinalysis to evaluate for infection, crystals, or other
  • Heartworm and tick disease testing
  • Feline heart disease by checking the heart muscle enzyme
  • Feline viral disease testing (FeLV/FIV)
  • Parvovirus testing in puppies

Send out lab tests may be more appropriate in certain situations. Your veterinarian will choose the best option that fits your pet’s situation.



Our in-house ultrasound machine allows us to collect sterile urine samples safely, check for free fluid, scan for masses, and overall level up our diagnostic abilities. For a full formal ultrasound, we will call in a specialist, but having this in-house tool can provide a life-saving diagnosis quickly.

​​We have used our ultrasound to identify and remove fluid in the chest restricting lung movement, identify bleeding, abdominal tumors, and confirm intestinal obstructions before heading to surgery, and more.


Digital X-Rays:

Digital radiography is an environmentally high-quality alternative to analog X-ray imaging. Digital radiographs are a relatively new addition to clinical practice, and they are often preferred to traditional X-ray imaging for various reasons:

  • There is less radioactivity. While traditional X-rays are thought to be safe for animals, digital radiographs expose your pet to even less radiation (high levels of which have been shown to have health consequences for humans and animals).
  • Imagery of higher quality. Digital X-ray images are more precise, detailed, and exact, allowing our veterinarians to make more accurate diagnoses, including those that traditional imaging may have missed.
  • Increased ease of information sharing among team members. Digital radiological imaging results are more readily available and easy to email and share with all members of your pet’s care team, including your primary veterinarian, orthopedic specialists, and others.



For smaller masses such as skin tags and warts, we can use cryotherapy to remove them without the need for anesthesia or surgery. Cryotherapy is also helpful for eyelid margin masses that can be removed without a surgical wedge (under anesthesia). Just ask one of our veterinarians if cryotherapy is appropriate for your pet.