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Ultrasound and X-ray Services for Cats

No matter how close our bonds are with our feline friends, they cannot tell us exactly how they are feeling. Visual exams, urine/fecal testing and bloodwork are also not applicable to certain injuries or conditions. This is when ultrasounds and X-rays come into play. They help us look inside and analyse your cat’s internal organs. Call us at 250.475.2287 to learn more about these non-invasive tools.

Are ultrasounds and X-rays safe for cats?

Yes, both are non-invasive procedures that will cause no pain to your cat. Here at Pacific Cat, we have digital X-rays that use minuscule amounts of radiation. That being said, we still make sure patients and technicians wear protective gear throughout the scan. Ultrasounds use sonic waves that are 100% safe. The ultrasound gel applied on the patient’s skin to help the device glide smoothly is also non-irritant.

NOTE: Please let us know if your cat has anxiety. In this case (or if they have to be placed in an uncomfortable position to scan certain areas of the body) we may sedate them to prevent unnecessary stress. Our staff is also Fear Free certified, so we can make the necessary accommodations for even the most nervous cats.

Why would a cat need an ultrasound?

If your cat is pregnant, ultrasounds are typically used during their checkups. They will also be ordered by the vet when diagnosing certain illnesses, and if your cat has unexplained symptoms such as weight loss, diarrhea and stomach pain.

Why would a cat need an X-ray?

X-rays are used to get a closer look and analysis of your cat’s bones, joints, body cavities and any foreign objects. They are usually the first type of imaging a vet would request when a cat is injured or has swallowed items they should not have – this happens more often than you might think!

Last Updated: August 20, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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

  • For your safety, and the safety of our staff and community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. Upon arrival, please call us from your vehicle for further instructions.
  • Place your cat (in carrier) on the wicker table by the front door. Step back 6-feet to the designated yellow line or yellow boxes. A team member will retrieve your cat and obtain information from you. Please wear a mask at all times when engaging with our team members.
  • One of our veterinarians will examine your cat either over the phone in the exam room with large window for your viewing or as a drop off. Questions and concerns will be addressed over the phone and treatment plan arranged.
  • Continue the use of credit cards and e-transfers 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".
  • If you are ill and/or showing symptoms: fever, dry cough, respiratory issues, chest pain or traveled in the last 2 weeks, please call us to reschedule your appointment OR have a friend or family member (not residing in your house) bring your cat in.

    3. OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
    Tuesday: 7:30am - 7:00pm
    Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    NEW PET OWNERS

    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Pacific Cat Clinic