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.