Comal offers various specialized pet medical services for
Since pets age at a much quicker rate than humans, these visits will become increasingly important in early detection of any changes in their health.
WHAT IS AN ULTRASOUND?
Ultrasound is a pain-free, 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. While 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 glands, testicles and mammary glands. 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. Additionally, ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform. At Comal Pet Hospital, we have our own in-house, point-of-care ultrasound, allowing us to provide your pet with bedside diagnostics. In the event a more specialized exam is required, we work with a New Braunfels area veterinary radiologist who, by appointment, provides our clients’ pets with a more detailed, comprehensive exam.
WHAT IS DIGITAL RADIOLOGY?
Radiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful in 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 heart worm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet’s intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures, such as ultrasound, X-rays can assist our veterinarians in accurately diagnosing problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet. Comal Pet Hospital in New Braunfels has full onsite radiographic capabilities and maintains a close working relationship with an area radiologist for timely second opinions if the need arises.