Our veterinary team offers a range of services including cardiology, ultrasound and endoscopy, all performed by travelling specialists. These diagnostic tools help us determine what’s happening inside your pet’s body in a non-invasive way. If you’re interested in learning more about these procedures, please contact us at 604-940-0899.
What is cardiology?
Heart disease describes a range of diseases which impact your pet’s heart function. We use a series of tests to determine if the cause of your pet’s condition is linked to heart disease. We use a stethoscope to listen to abnormalities like heart murmurs which could be a sign of irregular blood flow. After we’ve detected heart murmurs, we’ll recommend more tests like X-rays, bloodwork, electrocardiogram and echocardiogram for a more accurate diagnosis. This will also determine the type of treatment plan we tailor to your pet’s specific needs.
What does an ultrasound do?
Ultrasounds can capture images of a variety of your pet’s internal organs. For example, abdominal ultrasounds help us examine their kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen and the abdomen’s blood vessels. High-frequency sound waves bounce off these soft tissues, generating a digital image with the help of our handheld device. Ultrasounds provide us with diagnostic imaging in real time, meaning there’s no delay in seeing the inner workings of your pet’s body on the spot.
How does endoscopy work?
Endoscopy uses an endoscope, which is a small device with a camera, to see inside your pet’s body. It’s typically inserted inside your pet’s mouth or anus, giving us a better look at their stomach, esophagus or small intestine. We’ll recommend one if your pet is showing any of these signs related to gastrointestinal issues:
- Unusual lumps
- Sudden weight loss