We have a state-of-the-art digital x-ray machine that allows us to assess bony and soft tissue structures, as well as your pet's chest (looking at their heart, lungs, and airways) and abdomen.
We now offer abdominal ultrasounds, which can provide additional insight as to what is going on in your pet's belly. While x-rays offer a glimpse into the abdomen, ultrasound allows us to examine the architecture and vessels within organs, allowing us to more easily identify disease. It also allows us to better assess fetal maturity and development in pregnant animals, assess for gastrointestinal and pancreatic disease, and more thoroughly screen for cancer.
When your pet has an abdominal ultrasound, expect them to remain with us for at least a couple of hours. We will have them lay on their back in a large cushion, will shave the fur on their belly, and gently scan their abdomen with the ultrasound probe. We do our best to make it as calm and relaxing as possible, and most pets tolerate it very well. For patients that experience stress in the clinic, or if we plan on obtaining samples, the doctor may recommend a mild sedation.