Electrocardiograms or ECG are sometimes recommended when your pet is found to have an irregular heartbeat or other symptoms leading the veterinarian to believe that there may be a concern regarding your pet’s heart. This test does not require sedation and can be done during a regular examination. The results are sent to an outside laboratory and will be read by a board-certified cardiologist in order to obtain a diagnosis and medical plan for your pet.
Radiology is a great way to diagnose fractures, bone deformities, arthritis and other issues your pet may have. These 2-D images also enable the veterinarian to visualize the various organs located in the thorax and abdomen of your pet. The information obtained from these images often confirm or rule out a diagnosis. If further information is required to confirm a foreign body or bladder stone, it may be necessary to use a contrast medium in order to complete this process.
This non-invasive procedure is done by using an electronic device called a Tonovet® and is used to determine the ocular pressure of your pet’s eyes. Abnormal eye pressure can be an indication of diseases such as Glaucoma or Uveitis. Certain breeds are more predisposed to certain eye problems and it may be recommended by the veterinarian that you have your pet’s eye pressures monitored yearly as a precaution or more frequently if needed.
Ultrasound screening has become a vital tool in veterinary medicine. With this diagnostic procedure, we can visualize organs in fine detail, outlining the actual organ or vessel for blood supply, size, shape, and irregularities. The information obtained aids us in determining or confirming a diagnosis without invasive surgery. Biopsies are usually taken but are non-invasive and may only require a mild sedative or can sometimes be done with the patient awake. If a biopsy is going to be taken, then we will draw a small sample of blood from your pet a day or two prior to the ultrasound and send it to an outside laboratory for testing of clotting factors. Your pet will have an area of their body shaved depending on where we are focusing the ultrasound as hair interferes with the ultrasound probe and has to be removed.