McDowall Veterinary Practice uses a state-of-the-art digital X-Ray system to get high-quality X-Rays of our patients when required. X-Rays are useful for evaluating pet limbs, spines, chests and abdomens and are often used in conjunction with ultrasonography when investigating internal organ function.
Hip and Elbow Scoring:
Some large breeds are prone to heritable orthopaedic diseases such as hip dysplasia and elbow disease. Prior to breeding we recommend scoring of hip and elbow X-Rays to ensure that these traits are not passed on to the next generation of puppies. This is done by radiographing the hips and elbows under a general anaesthetic. The X-Rays are then forwarded on to specialist-recognised evaluators for scoring.
Ultrasonography is increasingly being used as an effective diagnostic tool to evaluate the internal organs of our patients. We have an ultrasound machine which allows us rapidly to assess our patients when required. We can also perform pregnancy ultrasounds where required.