Diagnostics are the tests doctors are able to perform, that allow them to find out what is going on with your pet when they aren’t well. Sometimes a diagnositc may be performed that comes back normal, and although we understand this can be frustrating for our clients, this information is actually extremely useful for the veterinarian. It helps eliminate possible diagnoses and helps them to determine what is more likely to be the problem.
In this series we will provide a bit of information on the diagnostics we are able to perform right here at Albert North Veterinary Clinic.
by: Dr. Jo-Ann Liebe*
Ultrasound is one of the diagnostic tests we offer in clinic. Ultrasound is best used for the evauation of soft tissues like internal organs, the heart, and sometimes masses, tendons, and muscles; in certain species. Ultrasound does not do well with air or bone because the sound does not travel well through these media and the results are a poor signal.
Ultrasound can give important information about the prescence of fluid in the abdomen, masses (to help determine which organ may be affected and even to biopsy without full anesthetic or expensive and invasive surgery), pregnancy diagnosis and assessment of fetal viability and health, finding bladder stones (some of which are not visable on x-ray), and overall organ health.
Our clinic was the first in Regina to offer this valuable service and over the years we have continued to upgrade our equipment to continually improve image quality for the best evauation possible.
*Dr. Jo-Ann Liebe is highly trained in ultrasound evaluation and is one of only a small few in the Regina area who can perform a comprehensive diagnostic ultrasound. We are pleased to work with other veterinarians to be able to provide this valuable service to their patients through a referral.