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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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital