When your pet isn't feeling well, it is important to find out what the problem is as accurately and quickly possible. Sometimes, diagnosing the situation only requires a surface-level visual check. However, other cases require examining the inside of your pet. When this is the case, ultrasounds and X-rays are some of the best diagnostic tools that can help us. To learn more about these technologies and how we use them, simply call us at 416-762-5558.
How can ultrasound help my pet?
Ultrasounds provide visual examinations of your pet's soft-tissue organs. We may need to shave a small patch on your pet for the ultrasound probe to make contact with the skin. The scan is 100% pain-free and performed by an ultrsound technician who comes into our hospital so that you do not need to take your pet to an alternate location. Your pet will lie on a padded table and be gently restrained. However, if they cannot stay still, we may need to give them a safe amount of sedative to obtain accurate scans. The specialist then provides our clinic with their report and our doctors create a comprehensive treatment plan for your pet.
What is a Cardiac Ultrasound?
This is a specialized version of ultrasound that uses high frequency sounds to detect abnormalities in your pet's heart. They allow us to detect cardiac problems early on to provide the best quality of life for the patient. Heart defects, if the heart muscle is correctly pumping, and if the heart valves are working correctly are just some of the things this scan can show us.
What are the benefits of digital X-rays and how can they help my pet?
Digital X-rays produce clearer images so the doctor can better diagnose your pet's condition. They also allow us to see results in real-time which leads to faster diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, digital imaging allows us to send your pet's results to a specialist immediately if we would need to provide you with a referral. (This is usually the case with complex or unusual cases.)
Digital X-rays provide us with detailed images of your pet's hard-tissue organs like their bones. They help the doctor diagnose issues like broken bones, tumours, and infection. Unlike a traditional X-ray, digital ones use X-ray sensors rather than a photographic film.
How are digital X-rays performed on pets?
We make sure the patient is calm and comfortable before we capture the images. If we can't relax your pet enough, we may need to give them a sedative. This protects both the patient and our technicians. The sedative is safe and makes sure your pet doesn't experience distress during the procedure. Additionally, it lets us get a clear image to properly diagnose your pet. Next, we use a machine that takes pictures of your pet's internal structure. Your pet won't experience any pain, nor will they be exposed to high amounts of radiation.