In some cases, having a talented team of veterinarians and staff is only half the answer to your pet’s diagnosis. When a physical exam does not reveal enough for our vets to confidently diagnose a pet, they need the assistance of advanced diagnostic tools. At Great Neck Veterinary Clinic, our vets have that key access to the latest medical technology. Their proximity to tools such as EKG, ultrasound, and digital radiology, plus the resources of an on-site laboratory, ensures an evaluation that is not only thorough but swift.
Those times when the veterinarians need to get to the root of an illness, they may use some of the following tools or procedures:
- Blood pressures
- CBC (complete blood count) and serum chemistry analyzers
- Central venous pressures
- Ear cytology
- Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus testing
- Fluid and tissue cytology
- Fungal cultures
- Digital radiology (X-ray)
- Dental radiology
- Giardia and pancreatic assays
- Glucose curves
- Heartworm, Lyme, ehrlichia, and anaplasma testing
- Intestinal parasite screening (float, direct, and cytology)
- Parvoviral enteritis testing
In-House Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Having a diagnostic laboratory at the same location as our clinic means that we are able to provide on-site expertise for you and your pet. Testing your pet is suddenly easier, quicker, and more precise. These tests are vital to determining the causes of your pet’s illness and also let us monitor the effect of our medical treatments. It is important to test for problems while they are developing and not after they become serious illness. The method of “chronic medical therapy” is a way of blood testing that will help us confirm the success of your pet’s medical therapies while refraining from overburdening the function of his or her organs.
There are many tests we can perform if your pet’s condition requires them, including:
- Blood tests (i.e., thyroid medication monitoring, kidney monitoring)
- Heartworm testing
- Fecal examinations (necessary to determine the presence of hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and roundworms)
- Ear cytology
- Mass cytology
- Skin cytology
- Complete blood counts
- Urine tests
- Skin scrapes
- Test for viruses (i.e., parvovirus, feline leukemia virus, and feline immunodeficiency virus)
- EEG to test brain wave function and hearing
If there are even more tests needed, we utilize an outside laboratory for performing urine and skin cultures. Idexx Diagnostics Labs provides us with swift results for many kinds of diseases using tests such as:
- Bacterial cultures
- Fungal cultures
- Comprehensive thyroid panels
- Tick panels
- Vaccine titers
Dental imaging for quicker and clearer x-rays:
Great Neck Veterinary Clinic is proud to offer our clients digital imaging capabilities for both general and dental radiology. The procedure for digital imaging is painless, and if your pet appears to be calm and comfortable, it can be performed without the use of sedatives. There are cases where your veterinarian may use a sedative if your pet cannot naturally relax or if the position needed for the image may cause discomfort.
We regard the utilization of digital radiograph technology as one of the most important tools for modern-day diagnosis. When your pet has an injury or is displaying symptoms that suggest there are internal problems, radiographs are the way we determine what is happening beneath the surface. It is just one of the non-invasive techniques we use to perceive the internal physiology of your pet and is one of the best ways to reach a meticulous and correct diagnosis.
How radiology helps:
If your pet comes in for a dental care visit, the digital technology enables us to acquire incredibly detailed images that feature your pet’s teeth, their roots, and even the bone structure. The details of these pictures give our veterinarians the information they need to understand the health of your pet’s teeth. Digital imaging also plays a key role in the detection of bone fractures, bladder stones, tumors, and soft tissue problems (those related to the heart, stomach, intestines, and reproductive and urinary systems). In addition, radiography is instrumental in determining the location of swallowed foreign objects including toys or rocks. We have board-certified radiologists who evaluate our X-rays and deliver their expert judgments within a few hours.
If X-rays are necessary, your pet may have to be scheduled for admission. However, in emergencies we will take the X-rays immediately to acquire the information we need. At the owner’s request, we will gladly store the copies of X-rays on a CD for use at home or for the use of other specialists.
More non-invasive diagnostics for your pet: Ultrasound Services
An alternative non-invasive diagnostic method to radiography is the ultrasound machine. Unlike X-rays, ultrasounds do not expose your pet to radiation. Ultrasounds use sound waves to penetrate the internal organs and create an image of the organs and tissues of the body. Ultrasound examinations generally do not require anesthesia and do not have any side effects. Furthermore, ultrasounds have more variability than X-rays because they are able to focus on either individual body systems or the entire abdomen.
With the help of the ultrasonic images, we are better able to identify abnormal structures or diseased tissues. Ultrasound examinations immensely simplify the diagnoses of internal disease because they project a clear view into the patient’s abdomen.
Common reasons for ultrasound examinations are:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary bladder disease
- Splenic disease
- Screening for cancer