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Radiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.
Faithful Friends Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs utilizes state-of-the-art, high-frequency radiographic equipment, which produces higher quality images that allow your doctor to see finer details and subtle changes. We are also up-to-date on the latest radiographic procedures. In complicated cases, we use Telemedicine to quickly send radiographic studies to board certified radiologists for timely second opinions.
Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet’s internal organs. Often considered more exact than radiographs, ultrasound provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet’s body.
It is particularly useful in viewing your pet’s abdominal organs including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart functions, bladder scans and other areas such as the thyroid gland, testicles and mammary glands.
Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion on your pet, an ultrasound can determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet’s body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.
Faithful Friends Animal Hospital works with a board certified radiologist to perform ultrasound studies and echocardiograms—ultrasounds of the cardiopulmonary system—at our facility.
Ear disease is a common problem in our pets and it is one that can be difficult to diagnose and treat without the proper equipment. This is why Faithful Friends Animal Hospital utilizes an advanced video otoscope to perform ear exams in order to diagnose and properly treat diseases of the ear.
This type of scope allows your Colorado Springs veterinarian to examine your pet’s ears for mites, infections, hair balls and other foreign objects lodged in the ear, as well as damage to the ear canal and ear drum. Checking the health of the ear drum provides important information as to the health of the middle ear, which is where the mechanisms for hearing and balance are located. An otoscope also allows your veterinarian to flush and remove any infectious material from your pet’s ears.
Faithful Friends Animal Hospital is proud of the quality of our services and the level of expertise we have developed in this very important area of veterinary medicine.
Performing preventative medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.
At Faithful Friends Animal Hospital we have invested quite a bit in updating and maintaining our complete onsite laboratory. Our laboratory allows us to perform urinalysis, parasite identification, fungal cultures, blood chemistry testing, and more. In some cases, we can receive results within minutes. Our lab is also useful for helping us properly evaluate your pet prior to any procedure requiring anesthesia.