Medical Services

If your pet needs medical assistance, you can feel confident turning to us. Our knowledgeable staff and modern facilities are equipped to handle a wide variety of medical conditions, including emergencies. Because we can perform many diagnostic procedures in-house, we can often give you immediate answers and start treating your pet faster. In some cases, your pet may require hospitalization and further diagnostic tests. Please take a look at the more detailed descriptions of medical services we offer, or call us to discuss your pet’s needs.

Radiology (X-rays)

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Radiography

Digital radiographs are used to evaluate internal bony and soft tissue structures.  These digital images can be sent to your regular veterinarian for incusion in your pet’s file.

Computed Tomography

We are pleased to be able to offer computed tomography (CT) services at Colorado Veterinary Specialists. A CT scan is a computer reconstruction of a series of radiographs taken of a body structure. The reconstruction allows multi-dimensional viewing of the structure scanned for diagnostic purposes. CT scans are performed for a variety of reasons including the diagnosis of conditions such as brain tumors, intervertebral disc disease and evaluation of musculoskeletal structures for diagnosis of joint disease. CT scans are commonly performed to determine tumor margins prior to surgery and to look for evidence of tumor metastasis.

CT scans can be performed on an outpatient service with a referral from your regular veterinarian. Patients are briefly placed under general anesthesia or heavy sedation during the CT scan and go home the same day. Our CT scans are read by a board certified veterinary radiologist to provide the most accurate evaluation possible.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound biopsies and guided needle aspirations available.

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to look at organs and structures inside the body. It is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure. Ultrasound biopsies and needle guided aspirations are also available to obtain samples from internal structures without surgery.

Myelograms

Special dye solutions to evaluate the spinal cord.

Cardiology (Heart)

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Although heart problems are found more often in older pets, these conditions can affect pets at any age. Heart disease is usually a life-threatening condition, but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life. If caught soon enough, some forms of heart disease can be cured.

Heart disease can lead to congestive heart failure (CHF), which occurs when the heart can no longer pump blood effectively. If an animal is suffering from CHF, fluid usually accumulates in and around the lungs and sometimes in the abdomen. Congenital heart disease (animals born with a heart problem), valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the heart valves), arrhythmias (rhythm disturbances), and heartworm disease can all lead to CHF.

Call us if your pet starts breathing rapidly or coughing, loses his or her appetite, tires easily, seems weak, or has trouble exercising. We can discover many heart problems during a physical exam. Additional tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), radiographs (x-rays), and ultrasounds, are usually needed to accurately identify the cause of the heart disease or failure.

Dr. Carrie Ginieczki will work with you and your regular veterinarian to provide the specialized care your pet needs.

Some common heart  and breathing problems and diseases are listed below along with prognoses and treatment options. Naturally your pet’s care will be tailored, but hopefully these articles will answer some questions for you.

Diagnostics

  • Bronchoscopy/Tracheoscopy
  • Contrast Radiography
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Digital Thoracic Radiography
  • Tracheal Wash/Bronchoalveolar Lavage
  • Ultrasonography

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Ultrasonography

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Ultrasonography (also called ultrasound or sonography) is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.

We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure a proper diagnosis. Interpretation of ultrasound images requires great skill on the part of the clinician.

The ultrasonographer applies gel to the surface of the body and then methodically moves a transducer (a small handheld tool) across the skin to record images of the area of interest. The gel helps the transducer slide more easily and create a more accurate visual image.

The transducer emits ultrasonic sound waves, which are directed into the body toward the structures to be examined. The waves create echoes of varying degrees depending on the density of the tissue and amount of fluid present. Those waves create detailed images of the structures, which are shown on a monitor and recorded for evaluation.

Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects, and doesn’t typically require pets to be sedated or anesthetized. The hair in the area to be examined usually needs to be shaved so the ultrasonographer can obtain a good result.

If you have any questions about our ultrasonography service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.