To have a better look at what is going on inside, we have in-house digital radiography (x-ray) and ultrasound available. X-rays or radiographs provide a snapshot of what is going on inside a body and are fantastic at looking at bony structures (such as ruling out broken bones) and the lungs. We will often use x-rays in cases of suspected asthma or lung disease, to rule-out bladder or kidney stones, to evaluate bones for signs of fracture or arthritis, and to provide a quick picture of the gastrointestinal tract. As fantastic as x-rays are, however, they are no match for ultrasound when looking at soft tissue.
Ultrasound uses sound waves (and the speed at which they are bounced back) to generate an image on a screen. Ultrasound requires good knowledge of anatomy and being able to determine between different shades of grey. Ultrasound is most often used to look at the gastrointestinal tract and the heart.
In more complicated cases, we can offer ultrasound referral and second opinon on x-ray findings with board certified veterinarians.