After your pet’s thorough physical examination, our veterinarians may feel suggest further diagnostic testing. Islip Animal Hospital has sophisticated in-house diagnostic tools that provide us with detailed information about your pet’s condition, including:
Digital radiology is an imaging tool that provides a non-invasive method of examining your dog or cat’s internal organs and internal systems such as muscular-skeletal, cardiopulmonary (heart and lungs), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems.
The image quality of a digital x-ray is much higher than a film x-ray and there is no time lost in processing the image. The digital images can be visualized within a few seconds following exposure, allowing us to diagnose and treat your pet quickly and efficiently.
Digital radiology is environmentally friendly because there are no chemicals to contaminate water systems and it decreases radiation exposure to your pet as images can be visualized in seconds and manipulated via a computer.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging tool that allows internal body structures to be visualized by our veterinarians by recording echoes or reflections of ultrasonic waves. Ultrasounds are painless and provide real-time diagnostic images. Abdominal ultrasounds are a good way to determine if your pet has cancer, pancreatitis, kidney stones, viable pregnancies, and some types of intestinal and urinary blockages. All ultrasounds are reviewed by board certified radiologists.
Echocardiology (Cardiac Ultrasound)
Echocardiology is a specialized, non-invasive diagnostic tool with state-of-the-art imagery capabilities for your pet’s heart. It create images of the heart that are displayed on a monitor, allowing our veterinarians to visualize the heart muscle, the heart valves, and the large arteries. We use echocardiology to diagnose abnormal cardia rhythms (arrhythmias). Echocardiography also allows us to visualize and measure the manner and speed with which blood flow moves through your pet’s heart as well as estimate pressures within the heart. All echocardiograms are reviewed by board certified cardiologists.
Our in-house laboratory allows us to obtain rapid results when dealing with time sensitive critical illnesses or in emergency situations. Our laboratory can provide us with rapid results of blood testing, fecal screenings, urinalysis, heartworm tests (dogs), leukemia/FIV tests (cats) pre-surgical blood chemistry profiles, among others.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Accurate blood pressure monitoring allows us to assess your pet’s condition while under anesthesia, if he or she is experiencing shock, or in other critical situations. It is also used during routine check-ups to provide a baseline blood pressure reading.
While your pet is under anesthesia, we monitor all vitals to make sure your pet is safe and unharmed. We use a state-of-the art ECG machine for monitoring blood pressure, respiration, heart activity, oxygen saturation and temperature during all surgical procedures.