Radiology, Tonemetry and More in Red Deer

At Animal Emergency Hospital, we have the equipment and expertise to perform treatments for a wide variety of medical conditions, including emergencies. We perform many diagnostic procedures in-house, which means we can often give you immediate answers regarding your pet’s health and start treating your pet quicker. In certain circumstances, your pet may require hospitalization and further diagnostic testing. To learn more about our services, please view the detailed descriptions below or give us a call to discuss your pet’s health.

Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography, also called sonography or ultrasound, is a pain-free, non-invasive procedure that utilizes sounds waves to examine a pet’s organs and structures inside the body. It’s often used to evaluate an animal’s kidneys, liver, heart, gallbladder, and bladder to detect things like cysts, fluids, tumors or abscesses. It can also be used to confirm pregnancy and monitor an ongoing pregnancy.

Ultrasonography can be used in conjunction with X-rays and other diagnostic tools to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

To perform this treatment, our ultrasonographer will apply a gel to the surface of the body and then methodically move a small handheld tool (called a transducer) across the animal’s skin to gather images of the area of interest. The reason we use a gel is because it allows the transducer to slide more easily and smoothly across the skin, creating more accurate images.

The treatment works by emitting ultrasonic waves that are directed into the animal’s body towards the structures we are looking to examine. These sound waves create varying degrees of echoes depending on the tissue density and the amount of present fluid. It’s the waves that create the detailed images of the animal’s internal structures, which are transmitted to our monitor and recorded for evaluation and analysis.

Ultrasound is a great diagnostic tool because it has no known side effects and doesn’t usually require a pet to be anesthetized or sedated. TO ensure the ultrasonographer can obtain an accurate result, the hair in the area to be examined usually needs to be shaved.

If you have any questions about our ultrasonography service, or you would like to know what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please give us a call.

Radiology (X-Rays)

At our animal hospital, we routinely use X-rays to help us identify the cause of a problem or provide a list of possible causes, and rule out possible problems. During the physical exam, we may also use X-rays to diagnose potential problems before they mature into more serious problems.

X-rays are an essential tool in providing valuable information about your pet’s gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), bones, genitourinary system (bladder and prostate), and heart. We often use radiology in conjunction with other diagnostic tools.

By using digital radiology technology, as opposed to film, we can provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet, and it uses less radiation than film X-rays.

Pets need to remain completely still while an X-ray is taken, to avoid blurry images. In certain cases, your pet may need to be sedated or put under short-acting general anesthesia.

If you have any questions about our radiology service, or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows our veterinarians to view inside your pet’s body and, when necessary, perform biopsies (tissue samples) without the need to perform surgery. This procedure is most commonly used to examine inside the nose, ears, esophagus, bladder, colon, stomach and other internal organs. This procedure is very effective in retrieving swallowed items, and can also be used to assist other minimally invasive surgeries.

This procedure is performed by inserting a long tube with a camera on the end (an endoscope) into the targeted area. While incisions are sometimes required, they are considerably smaller than the incisions made for traditional surgeries. This translates into less pain for your pet and a quicker recovery.

Pets do need to be placed under anesthesia for this procedure. In accordance with how we perform all such procedures, we adhere to strict protocols and processes, and we will continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help us ensure the safety of your pet. We welcome you to view our Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring page to find more information on the processes we adhere to regarding your pet’s safety.

If you have any questions about our endoscopy service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Bloodwork

At Animal Emergency Hospital, we offer a range of bloodwork services including:

  • Blood and plasma transfusions (products kept on site)

  • Blood typing

  • Blood pressure measurements (NIBP)

For more information on our bloodwork services, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Medical Assessment

To gain a comprehensive understanding of your pet’s health and to ensure a proper diagnosis, we often need to provide an examination of your pet. Our medical assessments begin by evaluating your pet’s ears, eyes, and skin and examining his or her neurological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities or concerns. To check your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, endocrine system including thyroid and adrenal glands, we will perform urine and/or blood tests. We may also perform further diagnostic tests like X-rays, ultrasound, biopsies, and endoscopy, depending on your pet’s current health condition.

If you have concerns regarding your pet’s health or well-being, please contact us to schedule a medical assessment. If we have immediate concerns regarding your pet’s health, we may suggest your bring in your pet right away.

Surgical Services

We offer soft-tissue and orthopaedic surgery services at our animal hospital in Red Deer.

Emergency Care

We offer emergency care including porcupine quill removal, continuous care, and 24-hour emergency care.

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