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Pet X-ray Service: Why Your Vet Wants to Send Your Pet’s X-Rays to a Radiologist

Your pet needs X-rays. Your vet takes the X-rays. X-rays, rads, radiographs, films. These terms are all interchangeable. When veterinarians or physicians talk about looking at X-rays, we often discuss it as “reading the films.” Radiologists read or interpret the films and write an opinion about what they see. So why does your vet want to send your pet X-ray to a radiologist?

At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Pet X-ray Service. We are known as one of the best Diagnostic vet clinics in Kingston open 7 days a week.

Pet X-ray Service: Why Your Vet Wants to Send Your Pet’s X-Rays to a Radiologist
Pet X-ray Service: Why Your Vet Wants to Send Your Pet’s X-Rays to a Radiologist

Veterinary Radiologists

Veterinary radiologists are vets who complete veterinary school and afterward proceed to do a radiology residency for quite a long while. Huge numbers of them have done long stretches of general practice also. They at that point sit for a thorough board test to become boarded in veterinary radiology.

These dedicated veterinarians are also specialists in advanced imaging such as ultrasound, CT scans, and MRIs. There are subspecialties as well just as in human medicine where a veterinary radiologist might specialize in i.e., radiation oncology.

A radiologist can help the general practitioner is not only reading the films but also suggesting that more films be taken if necessary or portentous that advanced imaging would be the next step.

Pet X-ray Service: Why Your Vet Wants to Send Your Pet’s X-Rays to a Radiologist
Pet X-ray Service: Why Your Vet Wants to Send Your Pet’s X-Rays to a Radiologist

Why Your Hometown Vet Can’t Read All X-Rays

  • All general practice veterinarians get training in reading Pet X-ray in veterinary school.
  • Most of us take many, many X-rays over the years in practice and get better and better at interpreting them.
  • The interpretation of Pet X-ray Service and the subtleties in a radiograph require a highly trained eye and years of experience.
  • Some radiographs and some cases are more challenging than others so a consult can be very helpful.

All X-Rays Are Not the Same

Numerous X-rays are simpler to peruse than others. Regularly, your vet may feel able in perusing a film. In different cases, they need a specialist’s assessment. An X-ray to check the seriousness of a leg or pelvic break, for instance, is less entangled than thoracic (chest), some stomach or joint X-rays.

It is exceptionally simple to have a specialist radiologist take a gander at films since digitalization permits us to send any X-ray anyplace whenever. Radiology counsels are anything but difficult to do, and a radiologist’s translation is speedy and accommodating. The charge for a radiology counsel will fluctuate from an emergency clinic to a medical clinic yet is normally sensible.

Pet X-ray Service: Why Your Vet Wants to Send Your Pet’s X-Rays to a Radiologist
Pet X-ray Service: Why Your Vet Wants to Send Your Pet’s X-Rays to a Radiologist

Taking Pet X-Ray Is an Art

Taking an X-ray of your pet a squiggly-wiggly or a touchy psycho isn’t simple. We also have to be tremendously careful that we take care of the humans involved and follow intense caution about X-ray exposure. Some states require the human not to be in the room requiring sedation for a pet X-ray.

Radiologists want:

  • Excellent quality. Because most of us have digital Pet X-rays, quality is usually excellent.
  • Good positioning. Wrangling with an animal on a Pet X-ray table is a challenge. To get excellent films we might have to use a safe and mild soothing or tranquil.
  • All appropriate views. If we sending out chest radiographs, for example, I know the radiologist will expect at least 3 views. Honestly, if we’re sending films out for a consult, we want to get it right the first time and not get a warning from the radiologist that our films are not acceptable.
  • Lastly, most veterinary radiologists will look at additional films at no charge if they have questions about our Pet X-ray, the positioning, the technique, or the views.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal hospital in Kingston. We have ultra-modern facilities for taking X-rays of your pets and Radiologists with years of experience who have done their jobs in X-Ray Service incredibly.

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Micro-chip Service – Why the dog microchipping system is failing to work

The dog microchipping system which insists all pets have to carry identity token embedded under their skin is failing to work because of flaws in the process and holes in the law. At Grah Kingston we are providing quality Cat & Dog Micro Chip Services. We are known as one of the best dog and cat Micro Chip vet clinics in Kingston.

Having struggled to come to terms with that heartache, they say the government’s pet micro-chipping system has made things worse. This is because the databases appear to show Ruby and Beetle have been scanned, but the system does not insist that vets must contact the registered owners, so Georgie and Ed have no idea where the scans might have taken place.

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Micro-chip Service – Why the dog microchipping system is failing to work

If we could get some sort of location, at least then it would maybe answer a few questions and we could piece another piece of the jigsaw together to where they went on that day. You get your dogs microchipped because you think this is the magical tool that’s going to reunite you with your dog and it hasn’t been the magical tool.  It’s let us down.

The pet micro-chipping system has come into criticism from other quarters too, including from the daughter of the late Sir Bruce Forsyth, Debbie Matthews, who lost her dog, Gizmo, in 2006. She now campaigns to make it easier for owners to track down their lost pets. We all assume that when we microchip our pets that there’s a safety net out there for us.

If a stolen dog has been sold onto an unsuspecting owner, the owner doesn’t know the dog’s stolen and the vet doesn’t know the dog is stolen, unless they check the microchip registration and that’s where the system falls. Currently, there are 13 separate databases recording dog micro-chips, and both Debbie and the British Veterinary Association agree the system needs to change to having just a single database.

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Micro-chip Service – Why the dog microchipping system is failing to work

The microchip system as a whole is not fit for drive. There are so many holes and gaps. And anybody can start up another database and there aren’t sufficient regulations. It is very complicated and it is a broken system. It makes vets’ lives and anyone who is involved in reunification harder. And it is also being heartache for owners, sometimes. And I think it is really important that we put pressure on there being a single point of entry, a single database.

Every liable dog owner wants to ensure their pet is safe and microchips are often the only hope of finding dogs that are lost or stolen. Since necessary microchipping for dogs came into force in 2016, we have seen a clear drop in the number of stray dogs on the streets and an increase in the number of lost or stolen pets reunited with their owners. We urge all dog owners to ensure that their dogs are microchipped and the details on their chip are up to date.

If you have any questions regarding microchipping or wish to make an appointment for your pet visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. At GRAH, we routinely provide microchipping service to pets in an easy and relatively painless manner.

 

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Parasite control Service in Kingston-Heartworm, fleas & ticks, is your pet protected?

Spring is in the air! The sun is (somewhat) shining and we all couldn’t be happier to arise from our cold weather hibernation and habits. Now that the temperatures are changing its time to face reality – creepy-crawly season is back and it’s time to get your pet protected!

At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Cat & Dog Parasite Control Service. We are known as one of the best Dog & Cat Parasite Control Vet Clinics in Kingston.

Heartworm

Heartworm disease is spread through mosquito. For us in Ontario, this is a concern throughout the summer months and why we use prevention from June through to November. The life cycle of the heartworm begins when a female mosquito bites an infected dog and ingests the microfilariae (consider them the baby heartworms) during a blood meal. The microfilariae grow further for 10 – 30 days in the mosquito’s gut and then enter its mouth parts.

At this stage, they are infectious larvae and can complete their maturation when they enter a dog. The ineffective larvae enter the dog’s body when the mosquito bites a dog. They journey into the bloodstream and move to the heart and adjacent blood vessels, maturing to adults, mating and reproducing microfilariae within 6 – 7 months.

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Parasite control Service in Kingston-Heartworm, fleas & ticks Is your pet protected?

Heartworm Testing

Here at the Usher Animal Hospital, we test all dogs for heartworm disease before starting them on any sort of preventative. As long as compliance has been met giving the medication for the required amount of time (typically June – November), we do not require subsequent testing to be done.

Heartworm testing requires a small blood sample to be taken with one of our technicians. The sample is sent out to our reference laboratory and results are reported by the next day. Our heartworm tests not only screen for heartworm disease, but we also screen for common tick-borne diseases as well.

Fleas

Fleas can be a year-round issue, depending on where you live. However, in Ontario, the summer tends to be our typical flea season.  There are four stages to the flea life cycle:

Flea eggs are whitish and about 0.5 millimetres (mm) (1/32″) in length. They are unlikely to be seen without a magnifying glass. The eggs are primarily laid on the dog’s skin but fall off into the environment to continue their life cycle. Flea eggs establish approximately 50% of the total flea population. Eggs may hatch in as little as 14 to 28 days, depending on environmental circumstances. High humidity and temperature favor rapid hatching.

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Parasite control Service in Kingston-Heartworm, fleas & ticks Is your pet protected?

Flea larvae are about 2-5 mm (1/8″ to 1/4″) in length. They have a white body and a blackhead. They dislike cheerful light and move deep into carpet fibers or under furniture, organic debris, grass, branches, leaves, and soil. Flea larvae prefer warm, dark, and moist areas. Outdoors, larval development happens only in shaded, moist areas where flea-infested pets spend a significant amount of time. Our climate-controlled homes offer an ideal environment for the flea larvae to thrive.

The flea pupae produce a defensive silk-like cocoon that is sticky. It rapidly becomes coated with grime and debris, which acts as a useful camouflage. With warmth and humidity, pupae become adult fleas in 5-10 days. The adults do not appear from the cocoon unless stimulated by physical pressure, vibrations, carbon dioxide, or heat. This is important since once fleas emerge from the cocoon they can only happen for a few days unless they can feed.

Pre-emergent adult fleas can live within the cocoon for up to 9 months. During this time, they are resistant to insecticides applied to the environment. This is important to remember because adult fleas may emerge from their pupae into the environment a considerable time after you apply insecticides in your home.

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Parasite control Service in Kingston-Heartworm, fleas & ticks Is your pet protected?

Once it emerges, the flea adult, unlike the larvae, is concerned with light and heads to the surface to encounter a passing host to feed upon. Two days after the first blood meal, female fleas begin egg making. In normal conditions the adult female will live up to three weeks, laying approximately 40 eggs per day. The whole life cycle, from egg to adult flea can be completed in as little as 14-28 days depending on environmental situations.

Ticks

Ticks are not only a concern in the four-legged community but for us as humans as well. We are all fully aware of Lyme disease and the health concerns involved.

The tick lifecycle involves four distinct life stages: egg, six-legged larvae, eight-legged nymph, and adult. Females sum from 3,000 to 6,000 eggs on the ground. Adult ticks pursue host animals and after engorgement on blood, they quickly mate. Male ticks typically die after mating with one or more females, although some may continue to live for several months. Females die soon after laying their eggs in protected habitats on the ground.

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Parasite control Service in Kingston-Heart worm, fleas & ticks Is your pet protected?

The life cycle needs from as little as 2 months to more than 2 years, depending on the species. After the egg hatches, the tiny larva (sometimes called a “seed tick”) feeds on a suitable host. The larva then develops (“molts”) into the larger nymph. The nymph feeds on a host and then molts into an even larger adult. Male and female adults feed and mate on the host; the female falls to the ground to lay her eggs, continuing the life cycle.

Parasite Prevention

Here at the Usher Animal Hospital, we provide an abundance of heartworm, flea, and tick preventative medications. Which product you choose will all depend on the lifestyle of your pet and their risk factors. Most pets that stay within the City of Toronto use a heartworm and flea combination product as Ticks aren’t as prevalent within the city itself. Pets that travel to northern parts of Ontario and visit cottages will often use a preventative that takes care of heartworm, fleas, and ticks since the prevalence is much higher.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. Our veterinarians can carry out specific testing to diagnose the parasites effecting the health of your pet.

 

 

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An overview of Pet surgery and Anesthesia services at GRAH

The word anesthesia comes from the Greek meaning “lack of sensation”. Anesthesia is accomplished by administering drugs that depress nerve function. With general anesthesia, the patient is made unconscious for a short period. During this insensible state, there is muscular relaxation and a complete loss of pain sensation. Other categories of anesthesia include local anesthesia such as numbing a contained area of skin or a tooth, and spinal anesthesia, such as an epidural block, that results in anesthesia of a particular part of the body.

At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Cat & Dog Surgery and Anesthesia Services. We are known as one of the best dog & cat Surgery and Anesthesia vet clinics in Kingston.

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An overview of Pet surgery and Anesthesia services at GRAH

What are the risks of anesthesia?

There is always a risk of an opposing reaction when we use any anesthetic agent, no matter whether it is for minor, short-term sedation or complete general anesthesia lasting several hours. It is generally estimated that approximately 1 in 100,000 animals will have some sort of reaction to an anesthetic agent. These reactions may range from slight swelling at the site of injection or a mild decrease in cardiac output, to a full-blown incident of anaphylactic shock or death.

Another possible danger associated with anesthesia arises if the cat is not properly fasted before anesthesia. Anesthetized patients lose the normal reflex capability to swallow; during swallowing, the epiglottis, a cartilage flap that closes over the entrance to the windpipe, avoids food or water from entering the lungs. If there is food in the stomach, the cat could vomit while under anesthesia or in the early post-anesthetic dated.

If vomiting occurs before the swallowing reflex occurs, the vomited material can be aspirated or enter into the lungs, causing aspiration pneumonia, a potentially life-threatening condition. Other rare difficulties of anesthesia include organ system failures such as kidney liver or heart failure, visual injury, clotting disorders, and seizures. Every precaution will be taken to minimize these risks when anesthesia is a necessary part of treatment.

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An overview of Pet surgery and Anesthesia services at GRAH

What can be done to minimize the risks?

Pre-surgical physical examination, preoperative blood, and urine tests, and radiographic examination may reveal clinical or sub-clinical problems. Certain medical situations will increase the risk of having an anesthetic complication. These conditions include heart, liver or kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, anemia, dehydration, and certain infectious diseases such as heartworm disease. Blood tests will rise the chance of detecting a hidden problem that could prove to be life-threatening. In older animals, chest radiographs and electrocardiogram (ECG) are often recommended to ensure there is no pre-existing pathology in the heart or lungs that might increase the risk of an adverse reaction.

Immediate intravenous access for emergency drug administration is one of the most important factors in the successful treatment of cardiovascular or respiratory letdown in either the conscious or the anesthetized patient. By placing an intravenous (IV) catheter and line before anesthesia, your veterinarian can ensure that this lifeline is already in place, should the necessity arise. Anesthetics, fluids, and emergency drugs can be managed through the IV line.

Intravenous fluids help sustain blood force in the anesthetized patient and will change lost fluids (during surgery, fluids are lost through evaporation from body cavity surfaces, through bleeding, and in any tissues that are being removed). Upon accomplishment of the process, intravenous fluid therapy speeds the recovery procedure by diluting the anesthetic agents circulating in the bloodstream and by improving their metabolism and elimination through the liver and kidneys.

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An overview of Pet surgery and Anesthesia services at GRAH

Patients that receive IV fluid therapy generally wake up quicker than those that do not. Moreover, studies have shown that 0.9 – 2% of all patients that receive general anesthesia will grow kidney dysfunction or failure 7-14 days after anesthesia. This risk is significantly reduced in patients that obtain peri-operative intravenous fluid therapy. Although 98% of all pets will have no problem, your veterinarian’s goal is to remove that unknown 2%. For these reasons, all general anesthesia patients should receive intravenous catheterization and fluid therapy.

You should confirm that your pet’s complete medical history is available to your veterinarian, particularly if your pet has been seen at another veterinary clinic. Earlier anesthetizing your cat, your veterinarian wants to know about any medications or supplements that your cat has received in the past few weeks, any pre-existing medical conditions, any known drug reactions, the results of previous diagnostic tests, and whether the cat has undergone any anesthetic or surgical events in the past. Other useful information includes the pet’s vaccine status and reproductive status (i.e. when was its last estrus or heat cycle).

Can you describe a typical anesthesia?

All anesthesia patients are weighed on admission and are given a thorough pre-anesthetic examination, which includes an examination of the chest, palpation of the abdomen, and assessment of the gums checking for hydration status and an indication of good circulatory status. After reviewing the medical history, additional diagnostics such as blood or urine testing, blood pressure, electrocardiogram (ECG), or x-rays of the chest or abdomen may be performed before administration of any anesthetic drugs.

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An overview of Pet surgery and Anesthesia services at GRAH

In the mainstream of cases, a technique called ‘balanced anesthesia’ is used. With balanced anesthesia, the patient receives a combination of sedatives and anesthetic agents that is suited to its individual needs. The most common combination is a pre-anesthetic sedative and analgesic combination that is administered by injection, followed by an induction agent that is also administered by injection; the anesthetized state is maintained with an anesthetic gas mixed with oxygen.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. Elective surgery for your pet may become necessary when it is suffering from a disease or comorbidity that cannot be treated using topical creams, or medications alone. Any surgical treatment requires the services of a professional.

 

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The Importance of Microchipping Services for your Pets

It’s something that we hope never happens to our pet – they accidentally get out of our house or yard, and they go missing. Have you increased the likelihood of being reunited with your pet? According to EIDAP1, a well-liked microchip company, pets are 20 times more likely to be reunited with their family if they have a microchip.

At Grah Kingston we are providing quality Cat & Dog Micro Chip Services. We known as one of the best dog and cat Micro Chip vet clinics in Kingston.

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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

A microchip can be an extra source of recognition for your pet. Often, indoor cats don’t wear collars with identification, and our dog’s tags can fall off. Tattoos are no longer a reliable source for recognition, as there is no database to track tattoos to a particular pet or owner.

They may also become illegible over time. A microchip can be positioned while your pet is awake. It is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. Microchips are commonly mistaken for GPS tracking devices. They are a small chip the size of one grain of rice that communicates a unique number when scanned.

A pet with a microchip will still necessity to be brought in to a local veterinary clinic or shelter to be scanned, as a microchip does not emit your personal information. Once a lost pet’s microchip has been scanned, the finder can call the microchip company to report the lost pet.

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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

It’s important to call the microchip company as soon as possible if there is a change in address, phone number, or email. People often forget that our pets may look non-identical after they have been lost for long periods. The microchip company will contact you to let you know that your pet has been found. It is important to remain your contact information up to date.

They may have lost an important amount of weight, their hair coat may have changed to protect from the outdoor elements, and they may even have a change in their personality. A microchip number will give assurance that a found pet is the correct pet.

If you have any questions regarding microchipping or wish to make an appointment for your pet visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. At GRAH, we routinely provide microchipping service to pets in an easy and relatively painless manner.