Two of the best tools used by veterinarians for diagnosing sick and injured pets are ultrasound and X-ray. Although physical examinations may give us a good indication of how your pet is doing from the outside, these images will allow us to get a proper diagnosis of your pet by observing their internal organs and bone structures. If you think your pet requires these services, please contact us at 416-444-7387.
What health issues can be best diagnosed with an ultrasound?
Soft tissue problems, such as the gastrointestinal, heart, and nervous systems, are usually identified with ultrasound. This is because ultrasound can provide us with a 3D view of your pet's internal chest and abdominal organs. It also allows us to obtain guided tissue samples if required for a comprehensive check.
What types of conditions would X-rays be most beneficial for?
X-rays can be beneficial to diagnose lung abnormalities, congestive heart failure, or foreign bodies in the gastrointestinal tract. Whereas ultrasound is typically used for soft tissue issues, radiographs examine hard-structure areas such as bones and ligaments.
Does my pet need to be sedated for internal diagnostic imaging?
Not usually! Both these procedures are non-invasive and pain-free. The only time we recommend sedation is if your pet has anxiety or if we will be manipulating an area that will cause pain. To find out if your pet will need sedation, it is best to discuss it with us!