Pet X-Ray and Ultrasound
Your pets encounter so many things in their happy lives that you might not know when they swallow something dangerous or incur an internal injury that can lead to serious health problems. Using some of the most advanced pet X-ray and ultrasound technology in Toronto, Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital can quickly assess and diagnose many internal health conditions so you can make informed treatment decisions quickly. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
It’s a common belief that X-rays show only broken bones or fractures in the body. This is untrue. X-rays play a vital role in diagnosing the entire body of your pet. They can generate a clear picture of the organs, tissues, bladder stones, tumours and even cancer. They also help to examine pregnancies. X-rays penetrate deep inside and diagnose every part of the body. No internal structure is out of reach while performing this procedure. Vets often prescribe X-rays to be sure there’s no major problem.
Here are some of the situations where your pet requires an X-ray:
Orthopaedic injuries like fractures and deformities
Diagnosing for tumours, cysts, and bladder stones
Pet dental problems, such as abscesses or jaw fracture
Assessing the condition of organs like heart, liver, and other organs
Abdomen diagnosis, such as bloated abdomen, vomiting, or diarrhea
Pet X-rays cannot be performed without a recommendation from our veterinarians. If a vet recommends your pet be X-rayed, the process goes like this:
A plastic cassette containing the film is placed underneath the scanning area. Two technicians will hold the part steady. Sometimes your pet will be sedated for the procedure. The machine is operated manually, and a technician triggers the X-ray. They’ll reposition your pet to scan the area from different angles. This process usually takes up to 10 minutes, and the films are processed within half an hour.
Depending on the area to be examined, the veterinarian may advise you to withhold food or limit your pet’s ability to urinate for some hours before the procedure. For cats, it’s a good idea to remove or cover the litter box. You may be able to limit your dog’s urges if you can carry your dog to the vet clinic rather than letting it walk.
If your pet requires anesthesia, the vet will give you specific advice on preparations. At the vet clinic, the staff will shave the area to be examined, if needed, to enable the ultrasound probe to work effectively. The ultrasound process is as simple for your pet as sliding the probe over their skin.
An ultrasound allows for real-time results. The images may be referred for consultation and further assessment in some cases, which may take a few days.
The staff at Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital will provide thorough and compassionate care. Our team has years of experience diagnosing animals, and our pet X-ray and ultrasound technology in Toronto is first in class. If you have concerns about your pet’s health, contact us today.