Electrocardiography (EKG)is used to help diagnose abnormal heart rhythms in our patients. It is a safe, noninvasive procedure that uses clips (electrodes) placed on the skin over the chest and legs. The ECG is commonly used to evaluate the heart rhythm and identify abnormalities (arrhythmias) in the heartbeat. It may also help to identify enlargement of the heart, a common finding with heart diseases. This technology is also used to monitor a pet's heart rate and rhythm during surgery.
Our clinic has a high-quality digital x-ray machine and software that enables us to have x-ray images available for immediate viewing. Our digital x-ray system provides superb diagnostic imaging, giving us important information needed to evaluate our patients. We are able to take radiographs to evaluate for and monitor disease, check for pregnancy, and perform contrast studies, including cystograms, gastrointestinal barium series, and intravenous pyelograms. The digital format also allows us to easily email x-rays to specialists if further evaluation is needed.
Our clinic has an ultrasound machine that provides our veterinarians with a non-invasive way of imaging internal organs, checking for pregnancy, and looking for abnormalities that may not be detectable with x-rays.
An endoscope allows us to get pictures of the inside of the esophagus, stomach, intestines, and colon without having to surgically cut the abdomen. We are also able to get small biopsy pieces of these structures without surgery. An endoscope is a long, flexible tube with a tiny camera at the tip, and within the tube is a channel that allows the passage of a variety of instruments, including snares and biopsy items. Even though we are not cutting into the patient, general anesthesia is still needed to do this procedure.