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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: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. 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 social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet’s much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.


Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital