Island Trees Veterinary Hospital Diagnostics
Because Island Trees Veterinary Hospital believes that all animals deserve the best care possible, we offer our clients full-body radiographic services.
Diagnostic Services for Your Pet
Veterinary X-Rays for Dogs and Cats
Radiographs, also known as X-rays, are helpful at diagnosing a number of medical conditions affecting your pet’s lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, bladder, kidneys and other areas. For example, a radiograph can detect tumors, heartworm disease, bladder and kidney stones, and foreign objects.
X-rays are also very important for helping diagnose and treat injuries such as broken bones, joint injuries and other orthopedic conditions.
Because Island Trees Veterinary Hospital believes that all animals deserve the best care possible, we offer our clients full-body radiographic services, which includes the chest, abdomen, bladder, hips, and all extremities. If necessary, we are able to send our radiographic studies out for interpretation by a specialist.
Ultrasound for Companion Animals
Ultrasound is an invaluable diagnostic tool because it allows your veterinarian to visualize your pet’s internal organs, without surgery.
In particular, ultrasound is helpful in making treatment decisions for various types of heart disease, assess the function and health of internal organs, and identify lesions, determine their origin, and if they have spread to other areas of the body.
In most cases, the procedure is relatively brief and your pet is able to go home the same day. Most importantly, your veterinarian will be able gain important information about your pet’s condition and provide effective treatment recommendations.
Island Trees Veterinary Hospital provides ultrasound services at our facility by appointment only by a board-certified ultrasonographer. This means that your pet receives the best possible care within a familiar and comfortable environment.
Veterinary endoscopy aids in the diagnosis and treatment of problems occurring in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts. An endoscope is a small camera attached to a semi-rigid tube and is used to visualize parts of the stomach and small and large intestines.
The endoscope is also useful in obtaining samples of potentially infected or cancerous material and serves as the visual aid during a biopsy. This helps diagnose malignancies in the gastrointestinal tract as well as gastrointestinal disorders inflammatory bowel disease.
The endoscope also aids in the removal of foreign bodies. Animals often swallow objects that cannot pass through the digestive tract. Using the camera and small forceps at the end of the tube, a veterinarian can remove small objects from the stomach without the need for surgery.
Island Trees Veterinary Hospital provides endoscopic services at our hospital by a board-certified specialist.
Hicksville Pet Diagnostics Lab
The ability to make timely and accurate diagnosis is greatly enhanced by access to specialized laboratory equipment.
For example, diagnostic testing can detect heartworm and Lyme disease, infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, and more. 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.
We maintain a diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform tests on blood, urine, feces and biopsied tissue. In many instances we are able to receive the test results within minutes, which is important in an emergency as well as convenient during a routine wellness exam for your pet. Laboratory testing is also used prior to surgery to ensure your pet will not have an adverse reaction to anesthesia.