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There has been coverage in the news media regarding a "mystery" respiratory illness affecting dogs out west, and serious concerns about the health of dogs in our area. We feel a need to address these concerns for our dog community as a whole and for individual pets and their owners.
An echocardiogram is a sonogram that uses ultrasound techniques to create two-dimensional images of the heart. The latest electrocardiogram systems also employ 3D real-time imaging.
In addition to creating real-time pictures of your pet's heart, an echocardiogram can produce an accurate assessment of the velocity of blood and health of cardiac tissue at any point using pulsed or continuous wave ultrasound. This provides an accurate evaluation of cardiac valve areas and function, and can help our veterinarians detect any abnormal communications between the left and right side of the heart and any leaking of blood through the valves (valvular regurgitation).
This is a safe and effective technique for evaluating cardio-health.
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 – 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.
Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital has a complete in-house laboratory. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes.
Laboratory testing allows our veterinarians to obtain additional information to assess your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. This is why we maintain an advanced in-house laboratory and regularly perform tests during your pet's wellness exams or when we suspect your pet may have a health issue.
For example, 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 our veterinarians in the early detection of diseases and health conditions.