Pet Diagnostics in Homewood, AL

Pet Diagnostics in Homewood, AL
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Ultrasound for Pets

Ultrasound is an advanced pet diagnostics imaging tool that allows us to study the internal, abdominal organs of our patients with clarity and accuracy. Ultrasound is a pain-free, drug-free, non-invasive method for performing internal exams, and detecting abnormalities and conditions that might otherwise go unnoticed. By having this technology at our disposal, we’re able to quickly and accurately diagnose many different problems in pets.

What is Ultrasound?

Our ultrasound machine transmits soundwaves via a handheld device through the patient’s tissues and organs. The sound waves create echoes when they bounce off soft, internal tissue, resulting in a real-time, 2-dimensional image. With ultrasound, we can evaluate the shape and texture of the organs, and determine their blood supply.

What Ultrasound Can Help Us Diagnose

Conditions we can diagnose in pets using ultrasound technology include:

  • Pregnancies
  • The presence of abdominal fluid
  • Cysts and tumors
  • Bladder stones
  • Heart conditions
  • ...and more

Benefits of Ultrasound

Ultrasound is strictly an imaging tool, which can reduce or eliminate the need for exploratory surgery. Sedation is typically unnecessary for a patient undergoing an ultrasound, unless they are under considerable stress and we feel that sedation would increase their comfort.

With ultrasound, we can quickly and accurately identify hidden health problems in pets, and therefore treat them sooner. This is especially helpful for pets with chronic health problems and urgent medical needs.

Call us today at (205) 879-3409 for your next consultation with our veterinarians.

Endoscopy for Pets

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for performing procedures through natural openings in the body or through one or more tiny holes rather than through large incisions.

By performing procedures endoscopically patients will experience less pain, minimal recovery time and fewer complications. In most cases performing a procedure endoscopically allows for it to be done as an outpatient procedure, a less painful and traumatic alternative for both patient and owner.

Advantages of Endoscopy

  • Less Pain
  • Excellent Visualization of the internal organs
  • Fewer Complications
  • Faster Recovery
  • Ability to access otherwise inaccessible parts of the body
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Endoscopic Procedures

  • Laparoscopic Spays
    An alternative to a traditional spay.  Performed through one small incision in the abdomen rather than a large incision it offers a less painful, faster healing alternative to traditional spays. A study published in the 2005 Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association concluded laparoscopic spays caused less surgical stress and up to 65% less post-operative pain than a traditional open surgical spay.
  • Gastropexy
    A preventative surgery.  This surgery is indicated for at-risk dogs to prevent the twisting of the stomach which is fatal if not treated quickly. The stomach is sutured to the abdominal wall in order to prevent the stomach from twisting. A gastropexy is often done at the same time as a laparoscopic spay.
  • Otoscopy
    Allows for examination of both the external and middle ear; it is one of the most common applications of endoscopy in veterinary medicine. Otoscopy allows for safe and thorough ear cleaning under constant visualization, removal of foreign objects, polyp removal and diagnostic sampling. Disorders of the external ear are common in dogs; the visualization afforded by this technique make it a precise means of assessment of treatment and follow-up.
  • Rhinoscopy
    The exploration of the nose and back of the throat, commonly indicated in dogs and cats with nasal discharge, nasal obstruction, chronic sneezing, epistaxis, facial distortion, nasal pain, acute severe sneezing, reverse sneezing and abnormal radiographs.
  • Cystoscopy
    The exploration of the urinary bladder.  This procedure is appropriate for a large number of small animal patients, including those presenting with chronic cystitis, pollakiuria, hematuria, stranguria, incontinence, trauma, calculi, and abnormal radiographs.
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
    The endoscopic exploration of the stomach and intestines, a partial list of indications include: regurgitation, dysphagia, salivation, nausea, vomiting, hematemesis, melena, anorexia, diarrhea, weight loss, hematochezia, fecal mucus and tenesmus. It is most commonly used for obtaining biopsies and the removal of ingested foreign bodies.

Reach out to our staff today at (205) 879-3409 with any questions you have.