Diagnostic Services

Radiographs

RadiographsRadiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in examining your pet’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet’s intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.

Deer Park Animal Hospital follows Orthopedic Foundation for Animals recommendations and uses modern digital X-ray equipment, which creates excellent diagnostic-quality radiographs. Digital X-rays provide clear, crisp images that can be manipulated by your veterinarian to improve the view. They are also much easier to take than traditional X-rays, leading to less stress for your pet.

We perform many specialty procedures, including GI series and urinary bladder contrast studies. These special procedures are necessary for identifying difficult or chronic problems. Our services also include consultations with a board-certified radiologist. These second opinions can be received quickly because digital images can be easily shared between offices.

We also offer X-rays on a disc for our clients to take home and keep for their own records at no charge.

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Ultrasound

UltrasoundsUltrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet’s internal organs. Considered an important adjunct to X-rays, ultrasound provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet’s body.

Abdominal ultrasound can provide more detailed information about larger organs, such as kidneys, liver and spleen, and allows visualization of smaller structures which cannot be seen on radiographs, such as pancreas, gall bladder, adrenal glands, and lymph nodes. Using ultrasound, diagnostic needle aspirates and biopsies can be obtained without surgery in some cases.

Cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram) can provide detailed information about heart function that allows medication to be tailored to specific problems.

Deer Park Animal Hospital uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technologies and is up to date on ultrsound assisted procedures. For mor complicated ultrasound procedures we have several specialists who will come to our hospital.

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Electrocardiography

ElectrocardiographyElectrocardiograms (ECG) are studies of the electrrical activity of your pet's heart. Abnormal activity, called arrhythmia, can be associated with certain types of heart disease. An ECG can provide specific information about an irregular heart beat detected on a physical examination. It is a non-invasive exam procedure that involves connecting electrodes to your pet's skin..

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Endoscopy & Rhinoscopy

Endoscopy

By using a flexible tube with an attached video camera, veterinary endoscopy aids in the diagnosis and treatment of problems occurring in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts. An endoscope allows a more complete examination of the esophagus, stomach, and some areas of the intestines in order to diagnose gastrointestinal disorders. When a biopsy is necessary, endoscopy is a visual aid that allows the operator to selct sites from which to take tissue samples. Endoscopy can also aid in the removal of foreign bodies in some cases.

Rhinoscopy

Rhinoscopy refers to the use of a smaller endoscope to examine the nasal passages. Evaluation and biopsy of these tissues is sometimes necessary in cases of chronic airway disease.

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Doppler Blood Pressure Measurement

Advances in veterinary medicine have identified blood pressure abnormalities as playing a large role in certain diseases, particularly those affecting our senior patients. Our Doppler blood pressure monitor allows us to rapidly check your pet’s pressure and initiate any necessary treatment, as well as monitor response to treatment for hypertension.

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Our In-House Lab

Our In-House LabPerforming preventative medicine as well as diagnosing emerging internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet’s health.

For example, diagnostic testing can detect heartworm disease, Lyme disease, infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, and many additional diseases and conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. Early blood testing can show evidence of disease such as diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference. Diagnostic testing is also included in pre-anesthetic screenings prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia.

Deer Park Animal Hospital has a complete in-house laboratory capable of measuring more than 60 laboratory values. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes.

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