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Cat X-ray and Ultrasound

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.

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Last updated: Sept 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

The health and safety of both you and our staff is our top priority. We appreciate your help in keeping our community safe by following our COVID-19 policies:

  • Maximum of 4 clients in the lobby at one time; our staff will do their best to keep traffic moving smoothly
  • 1 client per exam room, exceptions will be made for end of life procedures
  • We kindly ask that you wear a mask during your visit
  • Staff and clients will continue to work together to keep each other and your furry loved ones safe and healthy. Their best care comes when we all work as a team
  • For your comfort, curb side service will remain available for any client who requires
  • Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this new phase.

    - Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital