Sometimes one of the frustrations of dealing with a sick pet is that you cannot simply ask him/her what is wrong. At Eastland Veterinary Hospital, we have invested in the latest advanced diagnostic technology so that we can get you accurate answers quickly and efficiently. All the veterinarians at Eastland Veterinary Hospital are knowledgeable and experienced in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, immune-mediated, and endocrine diseases.
At Eastland Veterinary Hospital, we use the latest in advanced digital radiology as part of your pet’s diagnostic care.
Radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. They allow us to view the shape, size and location of organs inside your pet’s body. Radiographs are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful for examining your pet’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An x-ray can detect a fractured bone, tumor, heart problem and locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet’s stomach or intestine. X-rays and Ultrasound are often utilized together for an even more accurate diagnosis.
Our Union, New Jersey veterinary hospital utilizes a state-of-the-art, digital x-ray machine. Compared to x-rays produced by a traditional machine, the quality of digital radiographs is much better. Because digital x-rays are immediately displayed on a computer monitor, they are produced quickly and can be manipulated to get a better view of your pet’s bones and internal organs.
Benefits to Your Pet
Digital radiology has many benefits for your pet, you, and our staff. Our digital x-ray technology produces clear, detailed images that allow our medical team to make a more rapid and accurate diagnosis. Digital x-rays are easier and faster to process than traditional film x-rays, resulting in less time on the x-ray table (and less stress) for your pet. The harsh chemicals once necessary for developing x-rays are not needed for digital x-rays, reducing potential harm to our staff and the environment.
Ultrasound is a pain free, non-invasive procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time moving image of your pet’s internal organs. Ultrasound is painless and does not require anesthesia or sedation in most cases. This exam is typically performed after blood tests, x-rays, and a physical examination indicates an underlying problem.
Ultrasound allows our veterinary team to see things that cannot be visualized with radiographs. For example, a radiograph of your pet’s abdomen may show enlargement of the liver but does not tell us why it is enlarged. An ultrasound is a complimentary test that allows us to see the structure of the liver in greater detail and identify specific lesions or masses. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart, and an important diagnostic test in assessing animals with heart disease and developing a treatment plan.
Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.
Eastland Veterinary Hospitals In-House Veterinary Laboratory
Performing preventative medicine as well as diagnosing emergent 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, including blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations, bacterial culture sensitivity, and more, it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet’s health.
Eastland Veterinary Hospital offers complete laboratory testing services for your pet. Laboratory testing allows us to obtain additional information to assess your pet’s overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities provide us with test results within minutes.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the diagnostic services we offer for your pet, please call our Union, New Jersey veterinary hospital at (908) 688-1640 or contact us online.