Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At Apple Valley Animal Hospital, we use digital X-ray technology to examine your pet’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas, and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can tell us what we need to know. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:
Advanced diagnostic capabilities are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, especially because we can’t simply ask our patients what is wrong. Our investment in digital X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.
Ultrasound is a painless, safe, noninvasive procedure used to evaluate your pet’s internal organs. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet’s health. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet’s organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone.
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure commonly used to evaluate the interior surfaces of your pet’s organs through a small tube inserted into his or her body. An endoscopic examination can often accurately diagnose what is causing your pet’s vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain or swelling, loss of appetite or respiratory problems.
The endoscope is composed of a long thin tube, a light source camera and viewing eyepiece. The tube contains two channels: one for forceps, snares or biopsy instruments to remove foreign objects, small polyps or tumors or collect biopsy samples; and one for air or water, which is used to better view the tissue or organ.
Although anesthesia is required during the endoscopic procedure, the amount and recovery time is minimal. The benefits of endoscopy over exploratory surgery include no surgical incision, shortened anesthetic time, decreased inflammation, less stress and discomfort and an earlier return to normal function for your pet.
Accurate diagnosis of your pet’s symptoms begins with our ability to put together as complete and accurate a picture of what is going on inside your pet’s body as possible. For that reason, endoscopy is recommended when routine blood and urine tests, radiographs, and ultrasound do not give us the complete diagnostic picture.
When performing routine wellness examinations or diagnosing an illness, what our veterinarians can’t see is as important, if not more important, than what they can see. For that reason, laboratory testing is often an essential component of diagnosing a pet’s condition. Apple Valley Animal Hospital has both in-house laboratory and outside laboratory options to best suit the diagnostic needs of your pet.
If you would like more information about the diagnostic services that Apple Valley Animal Hospital offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Apple Valley, please call us at 760-490-0635.