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In an effort to continue to offer our clients the highest quality medicine and surgical treatments, we have added in-house ultrasonography to our diagnostic capabilities.
Ultrasound technology is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic tool. It provides information about the internal architecture of organs in the chest and abdomen, including the heart, lymph nodes, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, intestines, bladder and reproductive organs. Radiographs, commonly referred to as x-rays, allow your veterinarian to evaluate muscular and skeletal problems, lung disease and provide information about the organs in the abdomen. For example, an x-ray may show the size or general shape of the liver or kidneys. The ultrasound complements this information while allowing a more detailed look at the structure of internal organs. In addition to visualizing the structure of the internal organs, the ultrasound can be used to obtain a guided biopsy of organs or tumors through the skin. Because bone and air stop ultrasound waves, the use of ultrasound is limited for diagnosis of lung and skeletal disease.
The ultrasound unit produces ultrasound, or high frequency sound, waves that pass through the skin into the animal’s body. These waves are reflected back by tissues in the body to varying degrees. Each second, the probe sends out and receives millions of soundwave pulses and reflections. The unit then analyzes these reflections and creates an image on a screen. No radiation is used for ultrasound examination.
For most ultrasound examinations, the pet is not sedated or anesthetized. The fur will likely be shaved to allow for the ultrasound probe to make complete contact with the skin. For most ultrasound examinations, the urinary bladder should be full and the animal should have an empty stomach. If a biopsy will be obtained using the ultrasound, short-acting anesthesia is required.
Routine health care is important to the physical well-being of your pet. In general, preventive medicine is substantially less expensive than treating a problem once it has occurred. Three Notch can help you plan the best health care for your pet, including recommended vaccination chedules, internal and external parasite control, heartworm prevention, spaying or neutering, grooming, breeding, dental care and nutrition.
Some examples of the advanced services we offer include: fiberoptic endoscopy (a scope that allows you to see inside the body); diagnostic ultrasound; feline and canine dentistry; small rodent, rabbit and ferret medicine; advanced orthopedic surgery (such as reconstructive knee surgery), acupuncture and many others.
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