Scarborough Pet Diagnostics

Pet Radiology

scarborough pet xraysBridletowne Warden Animal Hospital has a full service X-ray machine on site. Radiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical problems. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect cancerous tumors, diagnose Heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making the treatment plan easier for your pet–and your veterinarian.

Veterinary Ultrasound

Our pet hospital is outfitted with a veterinarian-operated ultrasound service that performs ultrasound examinations within our facility. Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet's internal organs. Often considered more exact for soft-tissue imaging than radiographs, ultrasound provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet's body.

It is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart functions, perform bladder scans and view other areas such as the thyroid glands, testicles and mammary glands.

Ultrasound works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion on your pet, an ultrasound can determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet's body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

Pet Endoscopy

scarborough pet diagnostic, endoscopyVeterinary Endoscopy is an extremely useful procedure that aids in the diagnosis and treatment of problems occurring in the upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tracts. With an endoscope, we can perform a more complete examination of the GI tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and some areas of the intestines. Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital has an Olympus Gastrointestinal Scope that has helped many pets.

The endoscope allows the veterinarian to visualize areas that would normally not be accessible without invasive surgery. The scope is equipped with a lighted camera and pictures can be transferred to a monitor to be better evaluated by the veterinarian. Using the scope, a doctor can diagnose gastrointestinal disorders, cancerous growths, polyps and much more.

The endoscope is useful in obtaining samples of potentially infected or cancerous material. When performing a biopsy under such conditions, the endoscope serves as the "eye" of the veterinarian, allowing him or her to obtain the best possible samples for evaluation. This procedure is extremely helpful in diagnosing malignancies in the GI tract as well as GI disorders, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Another function of the endoscope is to aid the veterinarian in the removal of foreign bodies. A foreign body is anything that "does not belong" in the animal's GI tract. Often, animals swallow things that they should not, including toys, buttons, and in one instance, a sewing needle! Using the endoscope as a guide, a veterinarian may be able to remove such objects using a special instrument, rather than resorting to a major surgery.