Manhattan Pet Diagnostic Services

University Animal Hospital provides advanced NYC diagnostic veterinary care for pets on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.

Veterinary Laboratory Testing

manhattan nyc pet diagnostics Laboratory testing aides us in diagnosing and monitoring your pet's condition. In addition to diagnosing and monitoring illness and disease, Manhattan veterinary diagnostic testing can also provide the veterinarian with additional information about your pet that is often undetectable during your pet's physical exam.

For example, our NYC pet diagnostic testing can detect heartworm disease, Lyme disease, infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, and many additional diseases and conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. 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. Diagnostic testing is also included in pre-anesthetic screenings prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia. Annual wellness blood and urine tests, along with other diagnostics, assist us in the early detection of diseases and health conditions.

Digital Radiography for Pets

manhattan pet xrays University Animal Hospital utilizes a digital radiography machine. Digital x-rays provide our Manhattan veterinarians with fast, clear results. Animal radiology uses the same technology that is used for humans as a tool to diagnose injury and disease. By using digital x-rays, diagnostic images appear on a screen within seconds, allowing our medical staff access to your pet's radiographs almost instantly. This is crucial in emergency situations and allows our staff to begin your pet's medical care more rapidly. In addition to emergency care, x-rays can provide us with valuable information to help assess and diagnose your pet.

Dental radiographs (x-rays) of the teeth are needed periodically in order to completely evaluate your pet's oral health. X-rays aid our veterinarians greatly in detecting abnormalities that cannot be detected by physical examination alone. In some cases, x-rays can confirm the need for extraction of teeth that are loose or badly infected.

Upper East Side Pet Ultrasounds

Ultrasound is a valuable, non-invasive imaging procedure that complements veterinary x-rays and allows our veterinarians to better visualize internal organs in the chest and abdomen. During an ultrasound, high-frequency sound-waves are directed into the body and bounce off the organs, creating a computer image of the inside of the body. This painless diagnostic technique is usually done without sedation of your pet.

Ultrasound is invaluable for making treatment decisions for various types of heart disease. It also allows us to biopsy organs such as the liver and kidney through a tiny "keyhole" incision. 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.

Veterinary Endoscopy

nyc veterinary endoscopy Endoscopy means "looking inside" and refers to looking inside the body for medical purposes. The instrument used for this procedure is called an endoscope.

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive, diagnostic, medical procedure commonly used to evaluate the interior surfaces of an organ by inserting a small tube into the body. Through the endoscope, the observer is able to view lesions on organs and other internal medical conditions.

In veterinary medicine, endoscopy is commonly used for tissue and organ biopsies, to remove foreign objects (particularly in the stomach) or get an inside view of a particular part of your pet's body. Even though anesthesia is required to keep your pet still during the endoscopic procedure, compared to a traditional surgical procedure, the amount of anesthesia and recovery time is greatly reduced. Endoscopy is often indicated when routine blood and urine tests, radiographs or ultrasound do not give the complete diagnostic picture.

The endoscope is composed of a long tube (flexible or rigid), a light source, camera and viewing eyepiece. In addition to the fiber optic light source, there are two channels within in the tube. One channel is for passing forceps, snares or biopsy instruments, allowing for the removal of foreign objects, collection of biopsy samples and removal of small polyps or tumors. Air or water can be passed through the other channel for better viewing of the tissue or organ. Compared to traditional surgery, the benefits of endoscopy include shortened anesthesia time, decreased inflammation, less physiologic stress and discomfort and an earlier return to normal function. Even though general anesthesia is required for an endoscopic procedure, it is still considered much less invasive than traditional NYC pet surgery due to the relatively short procedure time and low occurrence of complications.