Pet Diagnostics

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The team at All-Star Veterinary Clinic strives to maintain exceptional veterinary tools to ensure that our patients can receive the best care available in the industry. We utilize imaging tools including video endoscopy and ultrasound to help us visualize your pet internally and diagnose potential health conditions.

Just as with our radiograph technology, we work closely with a board certified specialist who can analyze images and provide a second opinion if needed.

Video Endoscopy

Video endoscopy is an imaging tool that allows us to visualize your pet internally through a minimally-invasive procedure. The endoscopic camera is a long, flexible tube with a camera on the end. This tube can be inserted into the body to allow for the visualization of internal organs and structures. We often use this tool to diagnose the following:

  • Esophageal lining tears
  • Foreign bodies
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Masses
  • Stomach lining tears
  • …and more

In order for endoscopy to be used, the patient needs to be anesthetized. This means we will often need to process pre-anesthetic blood work for the patient to make sure anesthesia is safe. Pets need to be fasted for at least 12 hours before the procedure as well.

One of the benefits of endoscopy is that internal biopsies can be taken. Results are usually available in about 5 business days, during which time your pet will be free to wait at home where they are comfortable.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a quick and painless way to visualize your pet internally. We often use this technology to check for issues and conditions relating to the following organs of the abdominal and chest regions:

  • Liver
  • Intestines
  • Gall bladder
  • Urinary bladder
  • Spleen
  • Kidneys
  • Adrenal glands
  • Uterus
  • Prostate
  • Stomach

An ultrasound requires minimal preparation beforehand, but because pets must lie still for this, sometimes mild restraints and sedatives are required. Depending on what part of the body must be targeted with the ultrasound, some shaving of the abdomen or chest may be required. Very much like an ultrasound performed on a human, a conductive gel will be applied to the surface skin and a probe will be gently guided along the area. Because the procedure is painless, it can often be relaxing for pets. The entire procedure takes about 30-45 minutes and often pets fall asleep!