Taking your pet to the veterinarian regularly is an important part of keeping them healthy. For the most part, a regular examination can reveal if special attention or testing is required in order to confirm a diagnosis. Often the same types of medical imaging machines are used on pets as are used on humans, including both x-ray and ultrasound machines.
Why Use Medical Imaging to Diagnose Pets?
Diagnosing pets using an X-ray and Ultrasound is done largely for the same reasons as they are used for humans. A proper diagnosis is not obvious from a standard examination. These tests may be done to confirm broken bones or fractures. They also commonly are used to verify conditions such as arthritis and pneumonia. When Ultrasounds are used, it is often a tool to diagnose stomach diseases with the help of high-frequency sound waves.
At Del Norte Animal Hospital in San Diego, CA both our veterinarians, Dr. Carrie Bone, and Dr. Lidja Gillmeister are skilled in using these important pieces of diagnostic equipment in order to find out whatever it is that is ailing your pet, even when they can't communicate all their symptoms. Dr. Carrie Bone earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and is committed to staying current on developments in her field in order to provide her patients with the best care possible. Dr. Lidja Gillmeister became a veterinarian in 2008 and promptly moved to the San Diego CA area where she completed additional training in small animal internal medicine, surgery, and as an emergency intern. She's also taken a special interest in pet dentistry and preventative care.
Standard Pet Care Too
Of course, not every examination is going to lead to the use of ultrasounds and x-rays. Basic exams can be very thorough in most instances. In some cases, pets may need more advanced medical imaging tools for diagnosis and treatment, such as a CT scan or an MRI. If ever a course of treatment is too hard for your pet, we will always reassess and determine if investigating a specific ailment is worth the effort. As your pet's owner and/or parent, you take a front seat on every decision.
To learn more about caring for your pet, and to making sure they stay healthy, contact Del Norte Animal Hospital in San Diego, CA at 858-524-1146 to schedule an appointment.