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 then 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 be 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 approx 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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Cupcake Day

National Cupcake Day

Van Isle Veterinary Hospital had an amazing turn out on Monday, February 26th for this year’s National Cupcake Day for the SPCA.Hospital would like to say a heartfelt thank you to this amazing community for your support and your love of cupcakes. The team worked extremely hard and baked over 65 dozen cupcakes in preparation for the big day! Sales were already in motion before the doors opened with support from other local businesses in the Comox Valley ordering cupcakes for their own staff and families.Big thank you to Boseley’s, Comox Valley Nissan, Comox Valley Volkswagen, Invis Mortgages and Galaxy Motors who came together to support our National Cupcake Day!Not only were the cupcakes delicious, the staff at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital were also able to show off some of their hidden talents and did not disappoint!Together, the team raised over $2200.00 for their local, Comox SPCA Branch. Thank you, Comox Valley for helping us help pets in need. We can’t wait until next year!!Here are a few photos from the day:Written by Candice Pacholuk

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