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Dog X-Ray, Endoscope and Ultrasound

At Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, we are pleased to offer multiple imaging and diagnostic services such as ultrasound, endoscopy and digital x-ray. Our digital x-ray is one of our most used and relied-upon diagnostic tools. There are multiple advantages to digital x-ray such as their efficiency and reduced time to acquire images which can mean less stress for your pet. Images can be modified and enhanced using computer software for better diagnostics and they can be emailed in a timely manner to specialists for advanced interpretation. Our digital images can be reviewed in just about every room of the hospital within a matter of minutes. The ultrasound in another valuable diagnostic tool which is a non-invasive, pain free procedure. Our ultrasound allows us to examine the architecture of internal organs in more detail than an x-ray and is most often used for abdominal scans to detect fluid or abnormalities of the organs, for pregnancy confirmation, detect urinary bladder diseases or soft tissue mass examination. Endoscopy is another non-invasive means of diagnosis and treatment, in some cases preventing unnecessary surgery.

How do you use x-ray and radiology services at your clinic?

X-rays are used to detect many ailments such as broken bones, cancers, foreign body ingestion, developmental abnormalities, bloat and acute trauma. Ultrasound is used to diagnose acute bleeds, cancers, pregnancies, bladder stones or tumours and organ structure.

How do you prepare your dog for their x-ray appointment?

Typically, we require your dog to have fasted overnight for an x-ray appointment and a longer fast could be required for an ultrasound appointment. Dogs should be exercised prior to their appointment and given plenty of opportunity to eliminate. Depending on your dog’s temperament, level of pain, positioning required and reason for imaging, some patients may require sedation and a short hospital stay in order to obtain the best possible diagnostic images.

How much do dog x-ray examinations cost?

The cost of digital x-rays can vary depending on what kind of images are being captured and why. As we offer a wide range of services with our digital x-ray, it is best to call the hospital to obtain an accurate quote. Sometimes we may also need to refer your dog’s x-rays to a specialist for further interpretation which can also affect the cost. Sedation is another cost factor and depending on your dog’s size, the positioning required, level of pain and temperament, sedation may be necessary to obtain diagnostic images. Please give our hospital a call at 250-334-8400 for more information.

Is an ultrasound or an x-ray the better choice for detecting pregnancy in dogs?

While both options have benefits, ultrasounds are better at detecting pregnancy earlier, as well as used to detect fetal heartbeats. Ultrasounds can be performed as early as 25 days post-breeding. Reproductive x-rays are used to determine approximate size and number of puppies prior to delivery. X-rays are typically done between 53-56 days post-breeding.

What is an endoscope and when would it be used on my dog?

An endoscope consists of a camera and a light source which is used to visualize the nasal passages, ear canals, airways, esophagus, stomach and colon. Videos and pictures of the procedure can be recorded and biopsies can be obtained with minimal trauma to your pet. The endoscope has proved especially useful in cases such as nasal foreign bodies, tumors which cannot be visualized any other way and gastrointestinal foreign bodies.

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Last updated: December 2, 2021

Dear Clients,

Welcome back! We are happy to be able to invite our pet parents back into the hospital with their pets!! However, we are still following many of our previous health and safety protocols which have know been implemented as part of our communicable disease prevention protocol. We appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation as we navigate through these times together. By helping to keep each other safe, we can continue to keep your pets safe.

1. WE ARE STILL OFFERING ALL OUR REGULAR, NON-URGENT AND URGENT CARE SERVICES

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

We continue to see a significant demand for these types of services. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Sometimes this means wait times of several weeks to be seen for non-urgent appointments. This allows our team to properly assess and triage those more critical patients that require our immediate attention. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and put our team’s safety and that of the public first.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

Our DVM team is excited to invite you back into our exam rooms with your pets as long as we have the capacity to do so. To maintain a safe distance, we ask that only one pet parent accompany their pet into the exam room with the doctor. You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry and please do not enter our hospital if you are feeling unwell, have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have been told to isolate by Island health.

3. ONLINE ORDERS

The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE

4. OPERATING HOURS

We continue to offer our clients emergency on call services 7 days a week between the hours of 8:00 am and midnight, including stat holidays.

After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 8:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Thank you for helping us make this transition in our health and safety protocols as safe as possible, so our team can be at its best and continue to look after you and your pet!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital