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At Bayview Hill Animal Hospital our doctors have a wide range of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment which we use to provide optimal wellness care for your pet and to provide immediate diagnostic care when your pet becomes ill. Just some of the equipment we use includes:
Blood Pressure Monitors
We have both digital and Doppler equipment to help assess your pets’ blood pressure. These monitors are helpful in determining whether your pet is suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension) as well as for general wellness screening. Our blood pressure equipment is also used in anesthetic monitoring and diagnostically in evaluating a patient in shock.
We use our EKG machine diagnostically to assess the heart when a murmur is present or when an abnormal heart rate or rhythm is detected on our physical exam. Like blood pressure, the EKG is also useful in general health screening, especially for our senior patients, as well as for anesthetic monitoring
Bayview Hill Animal Hospital is one of the few hospitals with digital x-ray capability. This capability reduces anesthesia time because digital x-rays do not require developing time; the x-rays are evaluated immediately by the veterinarian.
In addition to our digital radiology system, our new digital dental radiology system also acquires x-ray images, transforms them into digital images, and saves them to our computer database.
The advantages of this technology far overshadow the older, conventional x-ray equipment:
DR results in less radiation for your pet.
DR allows instant image acquisition - films are ready to be viewed immediately after they are taken
DR is less time consuming which means less anesthetic time for your pet.
DR allows for easy electronic storage and transfer to a board certified dental surgeon if need be.
DR allows greatly improved image quality. We have the highest resolution medical grade equipment available to Veterinary Medicine. This means improved diagnostic abilities for your sick pet!
The new digital dental radiology system makes x-rays available to our doctors immediately, with tools to examine them in greater magnification and accuracy.
Digital dental radiographs are used to view the dental tissues and supporting structures for the teeth. They are also used to identify problems with the crowns of the teeth, facial and jaw bones as well as the nasal cavity. They are useful for evaluating the crown and roots of teeth as well as the supporting bone and soft tissue.
High definition intraoral digital radiographs provide exceptionally clear pictures for better diagnosis and use approximately 90% less than the usual dosage of radiation. Additionally, intraoral digital radiographs require less time to produce quality films, thus decreasing the time that your pet is under anesthesia.
Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique that allows us to look inside internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, intestines, heart or spleen. The procedure is safe and comfortable for your pet and can provide important information in diagnosing difficult cases.
This safe and non-invasive procedure typically does not require sedation unless a biopsy is needed. If a biopsy is required, we are able to safely obtain tissue samples using the ultrasound as a guide.
TONOMETRY- To Detect Glaucoma in Dogs
The TONOPEN instrument accurately evaluates eye pressure and is used both as a screening tool and diagnostically to assess for glaucoma in your pet.
Glaucoma in Dogs
Did you know that glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in dogs? Canine glaucoma can strike quickly and without warning.
What is Glaucoma?
The eye contains a type of fluid called aqueous humor that maintains the eye's shape .This fluid is constantly being produced, and if its continuous drainage is obstructed, the pressure starts to build up. Simply put, a dangerously high pressure inside the eyeball causes glaucoma and untreated, it can ultimately lead to blindness.
Just as high blood pressure can damage the heart, too much pressure inside the eye can damage the eye's inner workings. The retina (a structure at the back of the eye that's essential for vision) and the optic nerve (that carries visual signals to the brain) are especially sensitive to an eye pressure problem. Glaucoma can also break down the structures holding the lens in place and can cause damage to the iris and cornea.
Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma in Dogs
Glaucoma is believed to be even more painful in dogs than it is in people. Your dog may keep his eye closed, paw at his eye, or rub his head along the floor to try to relieve the pain. Dogs may lose their appetite, become irritable, and have less desire to play. Your dog may have a “bloodshot”, teary eye with a cloudy cornea (front surface of the eye).
As the disease quickly progresses, the result is large, bulging eyes and pupils that won't contract in light. But by the time these symptoms are seen, it's often too late to save your dog's vision in that eye.
Since all this can happen in a matter of a few hours, the earlier the glaucoma is diagnosed, the better the chance of saving your dog's vision.
If you notice any of these signs, call us at the Bayview Hill Animal Hospital and arrange for one of our doctors to examine your pet and take their ocular pressure reading, the only way to diagnose glaucoma accurately.