OBTAINING VITAL SIGNS
These are heart rate and pulse, respiratory rate, temperature, weight and blood pressure.
YOUR PET'S PERTINENT HISTORY
This could be very brief or extensive depending on your concerns and the preliminary observation of your pet’s general appearance by our team.
HEAD AND NECK EXAM
Our doctor evaluates teeth, gums, eyes, ears, nose, salivary glands and local lymph nodes.
It is important to detect crackles, wheezes, or decreased breath sounds. These and other sounds are clues to the presence of heart or lung disease (asthma, pulmonary hypertension, heartworms, pneumonia,etc.).
It is essential to identify two main issues: abnormal heart sounds (heart murmurs) and irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmias).
This identifies changes in the size and shape of the liver, the spleen, the kidneys, the bladder, the small intestines. Our doctors can also identify the presence of abdominal fluid and tenderness (pancreatitis, gastrointestinal foreign bodies, peritonitis).
Pets cannot talk and sometimes, abnormalities are noted only through these series of motions. The doctor can determine if your pet’s inactivity is due to pain in the articulations, bones or ligaments.
WHEN SHOULD ULTRASOUND SCANNING BE USED?
Ultrasonography is most useful for looking at soft or fluid-filled organs like the liver, kidney, bladder, intestines, gall bladder, eyes, tendons, muscles, glands and heart.
Ultrasound scanning is a painless procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves (inaudible to humans) to produce images of structures within the body. When sound waves are aimed into the body, some are absorbed by body tissues and others bounce back. The sound waves that bounce back are measured by the ultrasound machine and are transformed into an image of a particular body area
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WILL YOUR PET NEED TO BE SEDATED?
Most of our patients will not need sedation. However, if your pet is very anxious or in pain, sedation may be helpful.
PREPARING FOR AN ULTRASOUND
Do not feed your pet after midnight the
night before their procedure. Fasting is important as a full stomach will make imaging organs around the stomach difficult (liver, adrenals etc). Water is permitted.
AFTER THE ULTRASOUND
following the examination, Dr. Albarracin will evaluate the
images and then discuss the images with a radiologist should it be needed. Usually results are available on the same day however if you are referred from a sister clinic it will be around 2-4 business days
We have a well-equipped radiology suite that enables us to produce good quality radiographs over a wide range of patients, from a small kitten or pup to the largest of the dog breeds.
X-rays are a fast non-invasive way of diagnosing problems in your pet. We are able to do plain x-rays studies to diagnose pregnancy, bladder stones, arthritis, pneumonia, gastrointestinal foreign bodies and other common conditions and contrast x-rays such as barium swallows, intravenous pyelograms and urethrograms to diagnose problems in the transit of food and urine.
Radiographs are also used in the diagnoses of orthopedic diseases (fractures, bone irregularities, ligament ruptures, etc). In these cases, pet placement is very important and therefore sedation is required in the majority of the cases.
We are equipped with the most modern in-house testing facilities available that enable us to obtain accurate blood results in less than an hour. This gives us results straight away for acutely ill animals and enables us to care for your pet more promptly and effectively. We also use an external laboratory for less common blood and body tissue analyses which are collected daily by courier ensuring rapid reporting of results.