Advanced Diagnostic Imaging and Testing
When an animal becomes ill, it can be difficult to identify the underlying cause of the problem. That’s why we rely heavily on diagnostic imaging and testing to isolate and treat health issues in your pet.
At East River Veterinary Hospital, one of the most important tools at our disposal are digital x-rays. Digital radiographs (x-rays) allow us to examine and distribute images much more quickly and require less radiation than traditional methods. Digital x-rays are especially useful to show changes in bone, irregular shapes in the abdomen, or the presence of foreign objects. Common reasons we recommend a radiograph include the occurrence of broken bones, suspected injuries, or to confirm a pregnancy. Similar to the transition from film to digital photography, the use of digital imaging is a significant advancement in veterinary care, and we are happy to offer this service to our clients.
Other Diagnostic Testing
East River Veterinary Hospital can also perform the following blood tests to identify problems in your pet:
- Blood chemistry panel
This is a series of tests that provide information about your pet’s internal organs and metabolic health. It’s used to screen for liver or kidney disease and to assess your pet’s current levels of sodium, potassium, and chloride.
- Complete blood cell count (CBC)
A CBC reveals the amount and condition of your pet’s red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A CBC can be used to indicate anemia, infection, or issues with blood clotting.
- Stool analysis
Examining your pet’s stool helps us identify parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms.
- Urine analysis
With only a small sample, we can learn much about your pet’s kidney function and look for evidence of a urinary tract infection or diabetes. This test is often performed along with a CBC and blood chemistry panel to provide a complete picture of your pet’s overall health.
When to Test
We may recommend diagnostic testing in any of the following situations:
- Preparing for surgery or a procedure with anesthesia
- Displaying symptoms of illness
- Following a trauma
- Dramatic changes in weight or behavior
- Routine senior pet care
Blood Pressure Screenings
Similar to humans, hypertension (high blood pressure) can be a significant health problem among pets, and there may be a number of underlying causes. Through a fairly quick and easy process, we can check your pet’s blood pressure and alert you to any potential issues or concerns. We recommend routine blood pressure screening for acute and chronically ill pets, as well as pets entering their senior years.
On the Web
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