At our facility, we are able to take and develop radiographs (aka X-Rays). X-Rays provide a means to view the insides our patients’ chests, abdomens, nasal cavities, and extremities. We have recently upgraded to a digital radiography unit that allows us to immediately view and adjust images without having to repeat them. It also allows us to focus and highlight particular areas with ease. Having a digital radiography unit gives us the capacity to easily share your pet’s X-rays with specialists for consultation if needed.
In addition to X-rays, our doctors may recommend an ultrasound of the heart or abdomen. Ultrasounds are done on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. On Tuesdays, we have a board certified internal medicine specialist, Dr. Lisa Keno of Small Paws Internal Medicine, perform abdominal ultrasounds and consultations. On Thursdays, we have a board certified veterinary radiologist, Dr. Patty Hogan of Coastal Veterinary Imaging, who comes to our hospital to perform cardiac and abdominal ultrasounds as well as to interpret X-rays if needed. Because both of these specialists travel to other hospitals, it is difficult to know specifically when they will arrive. We kindly ask that you drop off your pet between 8-8:30 in the morning on the day of the ultrasound. There is a possibility that your pet will spend a good portion of the day at our facility, depending on the caseload and arrival time of the specialist. For abdominal ultrasounds, we ask that you fast your animal for at least 12 hours prior to the ultrasound. When the ultrasound is completed, we will immediately call you with the results and to arrange a pick-up time.
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