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Ultrasound and X-ray for Pets

Diagnostic tools that provide a snapshot of your pet's internal health.

Occasionally our team will use ultrasonography and radiology scans (X-rays) to diagnose patients. These imaging tools are pain-free and non-invasive which makes them a great option for cats and dogs. At Alcona Animal Hospital, we are equipped with digital radiology which is highly effective in diagnosing various conditions.

How are ultrasounds used on cats and dogs?

Ultrasonography uses sound waves to examine internal organs and structures of the patient's body. This procedure doesn't require any anesthetic or sedative. It is often used to diagnose pregnancies and to examine organs like the heart, kidney, liver, bladder, and gallbladder. This tool can also detect cysts, fluids, tumours, and abscesses.

Will X-rays harm my pet?

No. Since our hospital uses digital X-rays your pet is exposed to significantly less radiation as opposed to conventional X-rays. The veterinarian may recommend sedation if the cat or dog has a hard time staying still during the scan. We always prioritize the comfort and safety of our patients. To learn more about our imaging diagnostics call us at 705-431-5570.

What are X-rays used for?

X-rays can be used to detect arthritis, broken bones, fractures, and gallstones. We can also use this tool to monitor heart failure, pneumonia, and cancer.

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