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Ultrasound and X-ray Services for Pets

Radiology is used to obtain crucial information regarding a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, heart, and urinary system. It is also a great diagnostic tool when looking for abnormalities such as foreign bodies or masses. Our veterinarians are trained to interpret and make important decisions that come along with their findings. We are also able to send the images to a board-certified radiologist for further assessment. If you have any further questions about our ultrasound and X-ray services, please do not hesitate to call us at 613.622.1700.

What is the difference between an X-ray and ultrasound for pets?

The decision to use either tool depends on the issue that we are treating. X-rays are usually used for swallowed items, bone fractures and cancers. Ultrasounds are used to examine softer-tissue organs like your pet’s heart and lungs. It is used to identify any organ abnormalities, and analyze for example, if your pet’s heart is pumping properly. We often use ultrasounds and X-rays in combination.

How should I prepare my pet for their X-ray or ultrasound?

Minimal prep is required for both diagnostic screens. That being said, it is ideal if you do not feed your pet anything the morning that they are scheduled to come in for their exam.

Will my dog or cat need to be sedated during their X-ray or ultrasound?

It depends. There are times when manual restraint is enough to keep your pet still long enough for us to obtain scans. More often than not, however, pets are put under anesthesia. This helps lessen their stress and allows us to get the most accurate scans.

Last updated: August 9, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

5. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Gillies Grove Animal Hospital