X-rays

X-rays (radiographs) provide us with a broad look at any area of your pet’s body.  They are often crucial to accurately diagnosing an illness or condition in your pet.  We may find something that shouldn’t be there such as arthritis, fractures, urinary bladder stones, kidney stones, or something your pet ate inappropriately.  Or, by viewing several of your pet’s organs at the same time, we may find abnormalities that lead us toward the answer.  Some examples of these changes include irregular size or shape of an organ, fluid accumulation on the chest or belly, or a change in the normal position of an organ.  These findings in conjunction with other testing such as blood testing or ultrasound help us to diagnose your pet’s ailment. 

We are equipped with a high quality x-ray machine and automatic radiographic processor, which enables us to have radiographs available in minutes. 

After taking an x-ray, we will always explain what we see, pointing out any abnormalities.



Ultrasound

Ultrasound is one of the most useful tools in veterinary medicine, providing a 3D image of an animal’s entire abdomen.  During an ultrasound, a probe is placed gently on the pet’s belly and moved along the body.  Sound waves from the probe bounce off the internal organs to create black and white pictures of organs and fluids on a computer screen.  With this low stress, noninvasive procedure, we can see the shape and size of organs like the stomach, liver, urinary bladder, and kidneys.  The detailed architecture on the inside of these organs can be interpreted and analyzed.  This information allows us to customize treatment to your pet’s specific needs.

Most pets do not need to receive any sedation in order to perform an ultrasound.  For optimal information, we recommend not feeding your pet for 10-12 hours prior to an ultrasound, however, water can always be available.  Pets receiving an ultrasound lay on their back in a soft “V” shaped cushion that cradles them on either side of their body.  In order to allow an ample amount of time to evaluate your pet and allow your pet multiple breaks during the procedure to minimize their stress, it’s preferable to have a pet dropped off at the hospital instead of as an actual appointment.