We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Cat X-ray and Ultrasound

Diagnostic imaging, such as x-rays and ultrasound, are important tools that can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s injury and/or illness. Southpointe Pet Hospital offers x-rays and basic ultrasounds from our veterinary team. More extensive ultrasound scans are performed by a mobile veterinary ultrasound service brought into our clinic or through referral to a specialty centre.

What is the difference between a cat X-ray and a cat ultrasound?

X-rays are an effective tool to assess the skeletal structure, lungs, shape, and size of the heart, shape of the abdominal organs, and to assess for abnormal fluid accumulations, masses, and some stones (i.e. bladder, gall). X-rays do have their limitations, and they are a 2-dimensional representation of 3-dimensional structures. There are times when x-rays are not the ideal method to evaluate the problem. Ultrasound uses sound waves to project an image of internal body structures in real-time. Ultrasound enables viewing organs and tissues from different angles, and differentiate tissues of varying densities in situations where x-rays cannot. For example, if your pet accidentally eats a hard plastic or metal object, that can easily be identified on an x-ray. However, if your pet eats a foreign object made out of stuffing or fabric, that may blend in with the stomach and abdominal fluid that are of similar density. When imaging is recommended, your veterinarian can discuss which type is the most appropriate to your pet’s situation.

Does the clinic also do feline dental X-rays?

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are a crucial part of professional dental care for our feline patients. If your cat is recommended to have a professional cleaning and dental assessment under anesthesia, this will include full mouth x-rays to evaluate the health of all of their tooth roots effectively.

How much does a cat X-ray cost?

The cost of x-rays depends on the area that needs to be imaged and how many different angles may be required for an accurate assessment. Some animals that are in pain or anxious may require sedation to minimize the stress of handling for x-rays. The cost of imaging will be discussed with your veterinarian so that it is accurate for your situation.

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Southpointe Pet Hospital is committed to doing our part in protecting our community from the spread of COVID-19. To allow us to continue operating during the pandemic, we have implemented a CLOSED DOOR POLICY.

For the safety of our staff, clients and our entire community, CLIENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BUILDING.

When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call (403) 532-0085. Our staff will come to you to collect your animal for their appointment, or to deliver prescriptions and food orders to your vehicle. For safety reasons, please be prepared to pay with CREDIT or DEBIT, as cash will not be accepted. If you do not have a phone, or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.

At this time, appointments will only be booked when medically necessary. Any non-urgent appointment requests will be temporarily postponed. If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, please proceed directly to Fish Creek 24Hr Pet Hospital and call (403) 873-1700 to alert them of your arrival.

Thank you in advance for your understanding as we work through this situation together.

Sincerely,

The Team at Southpointe Pet Hospital