Sometimes, to get to the bottom of whatever is bothering your pet and to recommend the best possible treatment plan, we need to pursue advanced diagnostics. X-rays and ultrasound are painless, non-invasive ways for our vets to obtain very specific “inside” views of your pet’s body – helping assess the heart, lungs, abdominal organs and bones for disease, blockages, fractures and other “unseen” problems.
Ultrasound provides our vets with a 3-dimensional view of your pet’s internal chest and abdominal organs. If we recommend an ultrasound, a Board Certified Veterinarian attends our clinic to obtain and interpret the images in collaboration with our vets, again on-site and in real time. Ultrasound also allows us to obtain guided tissue samples if required for a comprehensive diagnosis.
X-rays can be performed quickly and painlessly right in our clinic and analyzed on the spot by our experienced vets. Typically, your pet will only be with us for a couple hours and in most cases, sedation in not necessary.
In many cases to obtain the most diagnostic information possible, x-rays and ultrasound are done together, since the two procedures complement and enhance one another.