Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
At 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital, we have a radiology suite on site, which includes ultrasound. Our veterinarians can review your pet’s x-rays on-site and also refer the images to a board-certified radiologist if needed. Radiography and ultrasound are extremely helpful tools in assisting to diagnose a pet’s condition.
What is the difference between a cat x-ray and a cat ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a real-time examination, which permits us to view the internal structures of the kidneys, liver and other abdominal organs, and allows the recognition of cysts and tumours. It is excellent for viewing the interior of hollow organs, such as the bladder. An x-ray (radiograph) will produce shadow-like images of bones and some organs. On an x-ray, bone and other very dense structures appear white, soft tissues such as fluid and organs are shades of grey, and air appears black. X-rays illustrate changes in bone, abnormal shapes in the abdomen, or other dense structures (foreign bodies or stones). If looking for bone fractures or bladder stones, radiographs are a better choice. To evaluate for heart abnormalities or to identify abdominal masses, ultrasound has an advantage. Some conditions may require both tests. Both tests offer very valuable information and can allow for better diagnosis of problems. Your veterinarian will be able to guide you in the process of deciding how to proceed.
Does the clinic also do feline dental x-rays?
Yes we do offer dental x-ray here at the hospital.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of Monday July 6 we will allow one owner to accompany their pet into the building for medical appointments. Clients must wear a mask if they want to accompany their pet inside. If you do not have one then one can be provided to you. Doors will remain locked. Please call when you arrive for your appointment to be admitted to the building. If you prefer, curbside service will continue to be offered for medical appointments.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital