Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test that is commonly used to assess the heart. When your pet’s heart beats, an electrical impulse is generated within a region of the heart known as the pacemaker. This impulse passes through the heart in a predictable manner that can be traced on an ECG recording.
Ultrasonography is a procedure that uses high-energy sound waves to look at tissues and organs inside the body. The picture shown back on the screen represents the echoes the sound waves receive back from the organs. The sound waves can’t travel through more solid structures like bones, foreign bodies or stones so they are good at determining structures that shouldn’t be there. Also, the veterinarian performing the ultrasonography will be able to spot when organs are looking abnormal or whether there are masses present that shouldn’t be there.
Your pet will need to be placed on their back for most of the ultrasonographic examinations. The fur will be clipped over the area that is to be scanned and some water-based gel will be applied to allow the ultrasound waves to penetrate the skin and produce a clear image. A complete examination usually takes around 30 minutes and doesn’t require a general anaesthetic.
X-rays are used to assess any changes in the thorax, abdomen, head, neck, spine, or limbs. Sedation helps to get good positioning, a clear image and therefore an accurate diagnosis.
MRI scanning uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within the body. Contrast studies can be performed to better see the vascularized structures and lesions.
CT scan uses a combination of X-rays and a computer to create pictures of the organs, bones and other tissues. It can show more details than a regular X-ray and it allows 3D reconstruction. Contrast media can be used to show any vascularized lesions or organs.
The underwater treadmill is suitable for the following conditions:
- Post-operative rehabilitation
- Hip dysplasia
- Spinal injury
The water takes some of the weight of the patient, allowing recovering patients to still walk and build back their muscles slowly. All patients using the machine will be supervised by trained staff.