At Tenafly Veterinary Center, we have an advanced in-house laboratory that allows us to provide accurate and timely diagnostic results to our clients. By performing these tests in our facility, we are able to save our clients valuable time that can be critical for situations involving severe illness or injury. We also use our in-house laboratory to perform general wellness tests and routine blood work, which we recommend annually to monitor your pet’s overall health. Laboratory diagnostics go much deeper into the examination process and can reveal crucial data that is not obvious in a physical exam, such as organ function, blood chemistry levels, and any underlying abnormalities. For these reasons, fecal examinations and urinalysis tests are also recommended annually.
Common diagnostic tests performed in our in-house laboratory include the following.
Digital Radiography, more commonly known as digital x-ray, is a critical tool that helps our clinical team accurately and efficiently diagnose medical conditions in our clients. At Tenafly Veterinary Center, we are home to advanced digital x-ray technology we use for both routine and emergency examinations. By using digital radiography, we are able to assess the health of almost any organ in your pet’s body, including the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs. X-rays allow our highly qualified clinical team to give your pet a more comprehensive examination and uncover any potential ailments such as tumors, bone fractures, abnormalities, etc.
At Tenafly Veterinary Center, we opt to use digital radiography rather than traditional film x-rays because it is a quicker process and more comfortable process for your pet. During the procedure, a miniscule, safe amount of radiation is omitted to get a clear picture of the size, shape, and position of the organs and bones in your pet. During this quick procedure, our staff will be right there to keep your pet calm and still while the images are being taken.
Tenafly Veterinary Center offers state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures including ultrasound, echo-cardiogram, and endoscopy. Nobody likes the thought of surgery on their pets - it’s painful and carries the risk of complications. For that purpose, we have invested in high-quality endoscopy equipment so that surgery can be avoided when possible.
We offer both flexible and rigid endoscopes for imaging services. Flexible endoscopes help our patients by retrieving foreign bodies from the upper intestines (such as rings, toys, coins, etc.) and performing biopsies to retrieve tissue samples from the gastrointestinal tracts. Rigid endoscopes are used to help patients who suffer from chronic nasal disease and require a more thorough examination of their nasal passages. These procedures are minimally invasive and most pets are able to go home the same day.
When pets experience heart issues, ultrasounds and x-rays are often used to make a definitive diagnosis. Echocardiography, put simply, refers to an ultrasound utilized for the heart.
When an ultrasound is performed, it shows us an image of the heart in real time, referred to as an echocardiogram. From there, our veterinarians can evaluate the heart’s size and shape as well as the way it functions. Specifically, they’ll be able to measure wall thickness, examine the heart valves, and assess blood flow.
Echocardiograms can be used to detect the following conditions:
Like other ultrasounds, echocardiograms are painless, non-invasive, and usually don’t require any form of anesthesia. The most your furry friend will need to worry about is getting a patch of their hair shaved prior to the procedure.