Radiology

Over the past few years veterinary radiographs have become far more powerful and useful than ever before, principally because they can now be taken digitally and displayed on a computer. This means that your veterinarian can quickly take a highly detailed image and then manipulate it to gain a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs. The result is that diagnosing a wide range of medical conditions is made faster and far more accurate than ever before.

Chesterfield Veterinary Center believes that our patients deserve the best possible care. This is why we have a state-of-the-art digital veterinary radiology machine by IDEXX, the leading manufacturer of this type of equipment in the country. For complex cases, we are able to easily and instantly share these images with a board certified veterinary radiologist.

radiologyThe Advantages of Digital Veterinary Radiographs

  • Digital radiographs can be saved to a disk and given to you as part of your pet's home medical record.
  • Images can be quickly shared via email to specialists when a second opinion or additional diagnosis is needed.
  • Your pet's time on the radiology table is reduced because fewer images need to be taken.
  • Digital radiographs eliminate the need to use toxic chemicals in the film development process, decreasing the risk of exposure to our staff and the environment.

Veterinary Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a very important diagnostic tool because it allows your veterinarian to gain a look at your pet's internal organs, chest and abdomen without surgery or sedation.

In particular, ultrasound is invaluable for making treatment decisions for various types of heart disease, assess the function and health of internal organs, and identify lesions, determine their origin, and if they have spread to other areas of the body. Ultrasound is also a very powerful surgical aid; it can help guide your veterinarian while obtaining a biopsy or removing a foreign object from your pet.

In most cases, the procedure is relatively brief, less than an hour, and your pet is able to go home the very same day. Most importantly, though, an ultrasound will help your veterinarian make an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition and provide effective treatment recommendations.

Veterinary Care and Prevention of Glaucoma

Glaucoma doesn't only affect humans; your pet can develop it too. Glaucoma is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing loss of vision and blindness. Glaucoma is relatively common in animals and can develop as your pet ages—this is known as chronic glaucoma—or as the result of an injury or illness—this is known as acute glaucoma.

In many cases glaucoma can progress quite rapidly—especially when it is the result of injury or underlying illness—and is considered an emergency situation.

Symptoms to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye;
  • Tearing or discharge;
  • Eye sensitivity to light;
  • Pain;
  • The eye may look cloudy;
  • Bulging eyeball.

Due to the severity and incidence of glaucoma, we recommend that you have your pet checked regularly for this disease. A routine glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but can also help set a baseline measurement for your pet. Setting a baseline measurement is important because normal Intraocular Pressure (IOP) can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.

Your veterinarian uses an instrument called a tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside your pet's eyes. It is a noninvasive procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort; though your veterinarian will apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.

The examination is very quick to perform and once done, your veterinarian will explain your pet's measurement, what it tells us about the health of your pet's eyes, and provide any treatment options if necessary.

Our Veterinary Lab by IDEXX

One of the most important aspects of any preventative medicine regimen is the ability to analyze how well your pet's internal organs and processes are functioning. For example, are the kidneys and liver doing their jobs at removing waste from the blood stream? Does your pet have internal parasites? Is a growth on your pet's skin benign?

Laboratory testing allows your veterinarian to gain a view inside your pet's body in order to assess overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. This is why Chesterfield Veterinary Center maintains an in-house laboratory and regularly tests your pet during wellness exams or when we suspect your pet may have a health issue. Our laboratory allows us to perform urinalysis, parasite identification, fungal cultures, blood chemistry testing, and more. In many cases, we can receive results within minutes.

We also perform testing prior to procedures that require anesthesia so that we can better asses the risk of the procedure.