When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use x-rays to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible problems, or provide a list of possible causes. We may also use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious. X-rays provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). We use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian. To avoid a blurry image, pets need to remain completely still while an x-ray is taken. In some cases, we may need to sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia. If you have any questions about our radiology service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.
- Sometimes x-rays or bloodwork are not sufficient to let us know what may be making an animal sick so we look to the next step which is often ultrasound. Ultrasound is a unique technology that allows a specialist to visualize the internal organs of a patient, seeing structures that are not normally visible with x-rays. While x-rays are analogous to a photograph, ultrasound is like that of a video camera allowing us a visualization of the internal organs in real time. Ultrasound allows us to see if there is any inflammation of internal organs and can measure certain structures to see if they are abnormal.
- Dr. Isabelle Aubert is an internal medicine specialist and former professor at the Ontario Veterinary College who performs all our ultrasound procedures here in hospital. Dr. Aubert will read through a patient’s entire medical record and perform a detailed physical examination to be sure nothing is missed prior to her starting the ultrasound. She then compiles all the information and presents an extensive report to the attending veterinarian. Results are available the same day the ultrasound is performed.