There may be occasions when a routine physical exam isn't enough to determine why your pet is under the weather. Our fully equipped diagnostic department offers a wide array of tools and procedures-think pet X-ray, ultrasound, and more- that provide detailed information about your pet so our team can treat him in the quickest and most effective way possible.
Some of our diagnostic tools include:
Pet X-ray along with other diagnostics, provide a look at what's going on inside our pet's body. Some reasons your pet might be a good candidate for an X-ray include suspected fractures and orthopedic problems, bladder stones, tumors, soft tissue problems, swallowed objects, heart and lung disease and more. X-rays are completely non-invasive and painless, and they may be done without sedation if your pet is able to remain calm and cooperative.
Digital radiographs, the new standard of care for top veterinary practices, allows for more thorough images and results in seconds, all of which combine to help us treat your pet quickly and with the greatest amount of accuracy.
Diagnostic ultrasound, which uses high frequency sound waves to create "real time" images of soft tissue anatomy, is another significant advancement in veterinary medicine. As a safe, painless way to look inside the body, ultrasound can observe blood flow, heartbeats, and gastrointestinal movement as they occur. Abdominal ultrasound can be used to examine soft tissue structures such as the liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidneys, bladder, prostate, uterus, ovaries, adrenal glands, stomach, and intestines.
Thoracic (chest) ultrasound can be used to uncover abnormalities of the heart and surrounding structures, such as increased fluid, enlarged lymph nodes and tumors. We can't look inside the lungs, since ultrasound is impeded by air, but we can examine the heart and look for abnormalities such as fluid, enlarged lymph nodes, and tumors.
If your pet has symptoms such as excessive vomiting, infrequent urination, unexplained weight loss, chronic infections, or has received abnormal blood work results, we may request to perform an ultrasound. It is also used as part of a pre-surgical screening, to diagnose pregnancy, to determine staging in cancer patients, and as a baseline by which to compare results of future visits (e.g. geriatric patients.)
We also provide mobile ultrasound service for veterinarians in South Central Kansas.