When animals are sick or injured, they cannot provide verbal information about how they feel or what is wrong. Our veterinarians must use experience and observation to determine where the problem lies. Today’s technologies help vets to diagnose more quickly and accurately. At Cashua Veterinary Care in Florence, SC, we utilize pet x-rays and ultrasound to diagnose illnesses and injuries.
X-Rays & Veterinary Care
Since the 1940s, x-rays have helped veterinarians diagnose broken bones in animals, skull fractures, osteoarthritis in older animals, and hereditary spinal and joint problems in certain breeds. X-rays give veterinarians an image of problems with the hard structures of the body. They help diagnose fractures of the bones, disorders of the spine, and changes in the joints due to aging or injuries. These issues affect an animal’s ability to move normally. X-rays are also used to locate obstructions in the gastrointestinal tract caused by foreign objects that an animal has ingested.
Pet Ultrasound Uses Sound Waves
Ultrasound uses a different method to view the internal organs of an animal’s body. Sound waves bounce against the tissues, creating an echo that is translated into a computerized image. This image can show changes in the size and shape of the organs that can indicate a health problem. Our veterinarians are trained in analyzing these images to determine the proper diagnosis and treatment for your pet.
As in human medicine, ultrasound can be used to view fetuses in the uterus, to count how many are there, or to track the birth process. It can also be used to detect injuries of the muscles and tendons, enlargement of the heart or liver, stones in the urinary tract, and the presence and extent of cancerous growths. Ultrasound can also be used to guide instruments, for example when we take sample tissue for a biopsy.
Make Cashua Veterinary Care Your Vets in Florence, SC
Our team at Cashua Veterinary Care provides quality care for our patients. We offer many veterinary services, including wellness check-ups, vaccinations, preventative care, surgery, dental care, and emergency care. In addition to cats and dogs, we also provide care for rabbits, birds, reptiles, pocket pets, and small farm animals. Call our team at Cashua Veterinary Care today at (843) 407-9020 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.