Accurately diagnosing a sick pet, or discovering a developing problem in an otherwise healthy animal, is essential to applying prompt, effective treatment. All Creatures Veterinary Hospital of Brooklyn provides patients with the latest in advanced diagnostic technology, meeting the highest standard of care in veterinary medicine.
A fully equipped modern laboratory is a must for any animal hospital. We may run a variety of diagnostic tests during the life of your pet, to diagnose a sick pet or discover any developing health problems.
At the initial wellness visit, we may run laboratory tests to establish a baseline value for our patient and address initial health concerns. If that patient becomes ill, we can compare new lab work with that baseline to determine the level of illness, identify a developing disease, or monitor the progress of a disease. Prior to surgery, we also perform tests to identify any risk to a patient during anesthesia.
Laboratory tests may include:
- CBC (complete blood count)
- Chemistry panel
- Fecal exams
- Heartworm test
For complex or unusual testing, we send to our outside lab IDEXX Reference Laboratories for prompt, accurate results.
Veterinary medicine uses digital X-rays to produce clear images of bones, joints, organs, and dental structures with minimal exposure to radiation. Digital imaging offers a very detailed still image, visible on a computer screen and convenient for Internet sharing with specialists.
Ultrasound imaging is considered a necessity in modern veterinary medicine, for observing internal organs, the function of the heart, and blood flow, and to guide us during procedures such as biopsies or fluid drainage. Gentle and painless, ultrasound is advantageous when examining sick, injured or frightened animals.
This technology produces a “live” or “real-time” view of the internal organs on a computer screen, convenient for sharing with specialists. Ultrasound imaging allows us to view various angles, and even create snapshots of a specific view. Producing no radiation, ultrasound is preferred for pregnant patients as it is harmless to the mother and fetus. In contrast to X-rays, ultrasound allows us to see within soft tissue organs and to view structures smaller than X-ray can detect.
Along with lab testing and ultrasound, electrocardiography is an essential diagnostic tool for measuring the function of the heart. An electrocardiogram detects and records the electrical activity of the heart. It can detect and locate heart problems, measure heart rate, and identify steady or irregular rhythms.
Contact ACVHB today. We offer veterinarians skilled and experienced in the use of modern diagnostic technology.