Special Procedures

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Our hospital has the unique ability to perform many diagnostic tests that normally would require a separate visit to a "Specialty" Facility. With a board certified internal medicine specialist and feline specialist on staff; we have the expertise and equipment needed to diagnose most medical disorders.

  • Myelogram
  • Cystogram
  • GI Barium Series
  • Ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Skin Testing
  • Cancer Therapy

Involves inserting dye into the spinal canal through a spinal tap in order to detect intervertebral disk abnormalities or spinal tumors. Many myelograms are followed by a CT scan to further pinpoint lesions.

Involves inserting dye into the bladder through a urinary catheter to detect abnormalities in the bladder wall (such as tumor, or changes due to chronic infection) or bladder stones that do not show up on routine X-rays. Although cystograms are still performed, bladder ultrasounds provide a more cost effective and less invasive method of determining bladder pathology.

Involves following the flow of barium through the intestinal tract to detect foreign objects, tumors, and certain motility disorders.

An ultrasound is a non-invasive method of visualizing soft-tissue organs. Ultrasound is particularly effective in evaluating the heart and abdominal organs. The procedure is very well tolerated by most animals and can usually be done without any sedation.

An endoscope is essentially a long fiber optic tube that can be inserted from the mouth or rectum to visualize, culture or biopsy an organ system. Foreign objects can be retrieved from the intestinal tract and nasal passages that in the past required exploratory surgery.

Through 2 small incisions into the abdomen or chest a fiber optic scope is inserted to visualize the organs. Biopsies can be obtained and surgical procedures performed without subjecting the animal to a more invasive exploratory surgery.

Skin testing still remains the procedure of choice to detect inhalant or air borne allergens. It has more reliable results than methods that utilize blood testing. A series of over 45 allergens is injected intradermally and the reaction is measured. Our doctors have done extensive training in the area of diagnosing and treating allergic diseases in dogs.

Many types of animal cancer are effectively treated with chemotherapy and with much fewer side effects than seen in human patients.