Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
We use a number of different diagnostic technologies, including electromagnetic radiation for imaging. They allow us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures and systems.
At Steinway Court Veterinarian, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound and cold lasers.
With our lab's diagnostic capabilities, we are able to efficiently and rapidly deliver accurate diagnostic information to you about your pet's condition and provide you with an immediate selection of treatment options.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Astoria
We perform tests and get results rapidly using our in-house laboratory so we may diagnose your pet's symptoms and start a course of treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Astoria is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
Using our in-house veterinary diagnostic lab, we are proud to offer a range of advanced diagnostic testing so our vets can accurately diagnose and begin treatment of your pet's medical issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-Rays)
Using a radiograph (digital x-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is non-invasive, safe and painless for your pet. The procedure only uses very small doses of radiation to collect diagnostic data, so even pregnant female pets and very young pets can safely undergo radiography.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases and some tumors.
The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
With ultrasound imaging, we expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.
Since we are able to capture ultrasound images in real-time, our vets are able to see the structures and movements of your pet's internal organs, even including the blood flowing through their blood vessels!
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner.
An endoscope is comprised of a very tiny camera with a light attached to the end of a flexible tube.
When our vets perform an endoscopy, they insert a long, thin tube directly into your pet's body to observe an internal organ or tissue in detail.
Minimally invasive endoscopes can be inserted into the openings of the body such as the mouth or anus.
At our vet lab in Astoria, we are able to run a number of common and specialized blood tests to determine the health of your pet, and to diagnose illness.
Some of the most common blood tests that we conduct include a complete blood count (CBC), white blood count, MCHC and hemoglobin, platelets, eosinophils, hematocrit and blood serum profiles.
Urinalysis is an important diagnostic test that provides our vets will critical insights into the physical and chemical prop[parties of your pet's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to assess the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also be helpful in detecting issues in other organ systems and is important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Astoria.
The goal of a fecal exam is to identify, diagnose and begin treatment of any gastrointestinal issues or infections which may be compromising your pet's health before they progress into later stages. Fecals let your vet determine if your companion has intestinal parasites that may even infect your family, such as hookworms or roundworms.
Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
- ECG / EKG
If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet may have a heart disorder, we usually take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This procedure is completed quickly and easily by your vet, revealing data that may be key to your pet's diagnosis. In other instances, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify disorder affecting the chambers of your pet's heart.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your cat or dog is suffering periodontal disease, much of this damage occurs below the gum line where it can't be easily seen. Digital dental X-Rays help our veterinarians assess your pet's oral health.
Digital X-Rays are safer for your pet. They allow our team of veterinary professionals to examine roots, bones and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.
With digital X-Rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-Ray technology. We are able to see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully evaluate each tooth.
This technology allows your Astoria vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.