The cornerstone of our care is the physical examination by the doctor. What do we do when we need more information?
Radiology or X-ray is a commonly used tool in our hospital. This allows us to look more deeply into your pet's health. X-rays are used to visualize your pet's bones as well as the organs in the chest and abdomen. Some examples of conditions that will likely require X-rays to establish a diagnosis are:
Our hospital uses digital X-rays. This allows us to view the film in literally two seconds. This speed is important to us and it also means your pet will be moved around much less. In the old days we would develop the film in around two minutes and your pet would be taken down from the X-ray table while we were waiting. These images can be seen on any of the fifty plus monitors in our hospital. It is not unusual for our doctors to be sitting in the doctor office and reviewing films together while at their desks.
We also have digital dental X-rays. This allows us to quickly take images of your pet's teeth. 28% of dogs and 42% of cats will have problems in their mouth undetected without X-rays.
Ultrasound is another important means for us to help your pet. Using sound waves we are able to obtain information that previously would have been unattainable without invasive techniques.
Ultrasound enables us to see your pet's heart beat. We can determine the function of the heart muscle and observe blood flow. This allows early treatment of diseases like cardiomyopathy (a disease of the heart muscle) and valvular heart disease. While X-rays tell us the overall size of the heart and character of the lungs, ultrasound allows us an even deeper look into your pet's heart.
Ultrasound of the abdomen allows us to look closely at the liver, kidneys, pancreas, adrenal gland, lymph nodes, stomach, intestines and urinary bladder. We use ultrasound daily. We can use ultrasound to obtain microscopic samples which in many cases will help to treat early and even possibly avoid more aggressive surgery.
If you have any questions, the staff of our AAHA accredited hospital will be happy to be of service. Your pet is very important to us!