Mobile Vet Clinic
We are a comprehensive, high quality small animal practice based in Brisbane.
Our practice incorporates an innovative house call service with state of the art clinics equipped with digital x-ray, dental x-ray, ultrasound, and in-house biochemistry and hematology. We have 2 clinics – a Kenmore Surgery and a Sunnybank Surgery.
Cat X-Rays are essential for protecting your best friend’s health from dangerous and potentially fatal diseases.
Getting a new cat is exciting and for the most part they seem to only need love, affection and food.
It would be great if this were enough to keep them free from disease and sickness. Tragically it isn’t. Cat X-Rays can help prevent and protect from nasty diseases that may not show any obvious symptoms.
A cat isn’t naturally safe from ailments and diseases without the help of veterinarians who can pick up and prevent harmful diseases. Cats often do not show obvious symptoms, especially with the more heinous diseases which is why a yearly check up with X-Rays is important for ensuring that your cat is healthy inside and out.
X-Rays can protect your cat by picking up illnesses in their tracks before they become fatal. They are often administered by your veterinarian during a routine wellness visit.
X-rays prevent illness by means of prevention. An x-ray is an incredibly powerful tool for helping veterinarians identify harmful diseases. We offer a wide range of professional veterinary care to our patients located in your daily clinics. Our innovative mobile services also allow us to provide compassionate home-palliative care services to our patients.
Our vets have a soft spot for both our elderly pets and our cherished patients afflicted with very serious terminal illness. We believe that responsible pet ownership is vital for the entire life of your pet and our vets are trained in the comfort of their own home to provide the best advice and treatment for your pet.
Our patients are assigned their own personal vet who can oversee the medical case and needs of your pet, from pain relief, bandage adjustments, to your pet’s medicine. Our client’s doctor will support both their pet and themselves through this tough time and give daily check-ups and calls to ensure the treatment plan is safe.
How Are X-Rays Done?
X-rays are an incredibly useful method for veterinarians who diagnose diseases and accidents in cats. An x-ray is a form of diagnostic imaging that uses low levels of radiation to create a picture of the cat’s skeleton, body cavity, and certain soft tissue structures.
When a cat wants an x-ray, it is put on a table and positioned in such a way that the region the veterinarian is interested in seeing can be targeted by the x-ray beam. Sedation is often required because the cat might be too afraid or painful to be properly placed, or the cat’s muscles need to be relaxed in order to get a clear view. In order to obtain a good image, the area of interest is calculated in order to determine the correct exposure time.
In the past, x-rays have been captured on film and shaped like photographs. However, several veterinary hospitals now have digital x-ray devices, so the image is saved in a digital format on a server. This helps x-rays to be completed more efficiently and exchanged more readily for second opinions.
The amount of radiation used to create x-rays is considered healthy because the operation is rarely performed. However, veterinary professionals who regularly take x-rays must wear protective leather masks , gloves and thyroid protectors as well as special glasses to limit their sensitivity to radiation.
What Types of Canine Conditions Can X-Rays Help Diagnose?
X-rays can be useful for the diagnosis of several diseases in cats, including:
- Bone fractures
- Congenital skeletal conditions like hip dysplasia
- Heart conditions
- Lung problems
- Tooth issues
- Intestinal obstructions
- Some tumors
- Bladder stones
Further diagnosis may be needed to definitively identify certain conditions until the findings of the x-rays lead the veterinarian to suspect them.
For example, contrast material may be fed to the cat, and serial x-rays may be used to track the movement of the dye through the intestines, which may help diagnose intestinal obstruction.
X-rays can help identify a number of harmful ailments and illnesses in cats, namely:
Bone Fractures: The leading cause of bone fractures in cats is trauma. This can result from a car accident, a fall, a strenuous run in the yard, or a fight between two cats. A pressure or force is exerted on the cat’s leg that overwhelms the bone, and it cracks or snaps.
Hip Dysplasia In Cat: Hip dysplasia is a common skeletal condition, often seen in large or giant breed cats, although it can occur in smaller breeds, as well. The hip joint functions as a ball and socket. In cats with hip dysplasia, the ball and socket do not fit or develop properly, and they rub and grind instead of sliding smoothly. This results in deterioration over time and an eventual loss of function of the joint itself.
Heart Conditions: Heart disease speaks to any condition that affects your cat’s heart or blood vessels and interferes with their normal functions. It’s a catchall term often used to represent any number of issues. Heart disease in cats can either be congenital or acquired. Congenital conditions are present from birth. These can be the result of a breed’s predisposition or a condition that gets passed down from the parents. Most often seen in middle-aged and older cats, acquired conditions typically develop over time and are the result of normal wear, tear, and aging. Below are some of the more common types of acquired conditions.
Lung Conditions: Respiratory diseases are common in cats. Although signs such as coughing and labored breathing are most commonly caused by problems of the respiratory tract, they may also occur because of disorders of other organ systems, such as congestive heart failure. Lung and airway disorders are often caused by direct infection with viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites, as well as by immune-mediated reactions or inhalation of irritants or toxic substances. Trauma (such as being hit by a car) may lead to the collapse of a lung or airway.
Intestinal Obstructions: A bowel obstruction, also known as a gastrointestinal blockage, is a common canine problem. Cats are naturally curious, and many have a desire to eat or chew meat and fish which contains bones. Most cat owners are aware of this issue, whether or not their own cat has experienced it. Young cats also tend to be more eager to chew and bite objects with their mouths, often because they are often teething and are looking for something to chew. If a bowel obstruction does occur, treating your cat with prompt care and medical attention can help minimize the consequences.