A thorough and detailed physical examination gives our veterinarian a detailed view of your pet, but in some cases an interior view is also needed. Digital radiology and abdominal ultrasound allow us to see inside, to visualize their skeleton and internal organs. These tests are not only useful, but also are safe, painless, and non-invasive.
X-rays are used to diagnose and confirm bony involvements and chest disorders. Our x-ray machine is digital, therefore images are of higher quality and can be easily emailed or transferred to flash memory for clients.
An ultrasound exam is a way of looking inside your pet’s body (liver, kidneys, intestines, etc.) without having to perform surgery. In veterinary medicine, because ultrasound is a safe and repeatable way to look inside the body, has become a very useful tool for many other usages.
Why does my pet need an ultrasound exam?
Ultrasound exams are performed for many reasons. Our veterinarians may have requested an ultrasound exam for one of the following reasons:
- Abnormal bloodwork
- Vomiting or diarrhea that has lasted for a long time
- Weight loss with no change in eating habits
- Chronic infections
- Change in urinary habits
- Baseline ultrasound for future examination (geriatric patients)
- Recheck on previous problem
- Cancer staging
- Fluid in chest or abdomen
- To permit biopsy