laJust as with human medicine, x-rays are a valuable tool in veterinary medicine. At Pipestone Veterinary Services, we offer radiography as a tool to look inside the pet's body to reveal information that cannot be determined from the outside. Radiographs and ultrasounds are an important tool that allows us to make a correct diagnosis for your pet, so you as the owner can make the best decision possible.
X-rays are a safe and painless method not only used to evaluate the size, shape, and position of pets bones, but also organs such as the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs. This can be especially useful when it comes to diagnosing conditions such as kidney, heart, or liver disease, intestinal blockage, and even cancer.
Radiography can also be used to diagnose baldder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions. There is no need to worry about the level of radiation your pet will be exposed to. In fact, the level of radiation exposure is so low that even pregnant females and young pets can have x-rays taken.
Ultrasonography is another great tool that we are able to take from human medicine and use for veterinary patients. Unlike x-rays, ultrasounds do not use radiation, but rather high frequency sound waves that create a picture of what is inside the body. This is a non-invasive and painless technique our vets can use to evaluate many common diseases in pets. Of course we also use ultrasounds for their most common known purpose – monitoring pregnancy.
Our staff is professionally trained in both radiology and ultrasound services and always perform them with the utmost care and compassion.