Physical examinations are usually the first step a veterinarian takes to learn about your pet's health. However, to get better insight on organ function and their internal structures, ultrasound and radiology (X-ray) is used. These diagnostic tools are non-invasive and provide a snapshot of your pet's internal system. Any condition that cannot be diagnosed by examining the body is usually detectable with X-rays or ultrasounds.
When would X-rays be used?
Radiography is an extremely useful diagnostic tool in veterinary clinics. X-rays may be used on a vomiting pet to check for a potential foreign body, to check for broken bones after a traumatic event, or to check the lungs and heart of a pet who is coughing or having a hard time breathing. Our state-of-the-art digital radiography equipment allows us to quickly obtain more information about your pet's health from right here in the clinic! To learn more about our imaging diagnostics, feel free to call us at 780-428-8802.
Why would an ultrasound be necessary for my pet?
We may use ultrasound in a clinical setting for simple and routine tasks such as to guide us in safely collecting a sterile urine sample, or during emergencies to rule out internal bleeding or other fluid collections. Abdominal ultrasounds have become an indispensable tool to have in the veterinary clinic to aid in the diagnosis of various diseases like cancers and tumours. Ultrasonography is also a reliable method to confirm pregnancy in dogs and cats, and to monitor the normal fetal development.
Are these tools safe for my pet?
Yes, they are. Both diagnostic tools are pain-free and safe for pets. Digital radiology uses less radiation, so cats and dogs won't experience any issues after having scans. Although X-rays are painless, your pet may be sedated if they can't stay still during the scan.