Advanced Technology

As technology helps the advancement of human medicine, veterinary medicine has advanced as well.  At Harbor Animal Hospital we are committed to reinvesting in our practice to provide our patients with state of the art diagnostic and surgical equipment.

Digital Radiology

Our state of the art digital x-ray equipment allows us to take superior quality x-rays in less time and with less exposure for your pet.  The digital format also allows us to rapidly email the radiographs for you to view or obtain consultations from board certified radiologists.  We also use digital dental radiology to help asses the health of your pet’s teeth, enable us to find hidden, yet painful, dental conditions.

Digital radiology is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, abdominal organs, (stomach, intestines, liver, and spleen), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, kidneys, uterus, and prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or rule out possible problems. When a pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through its body and hits a digital plate.

Images on the computer screen appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal (as seen in the picture above). Bones, which absorb more x-rays, appear as light gray structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer x-rays and appear as dark or gray structures. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.

Digital Ultrasound

Ultrasonography is a diagnostic imaging technique similar to radiography (X-rays) and is often used in conjunction with radiography and other diagnostics. It allows visualization of the deep structures of the body.

Ultrasound can be used for a variety of purposes including examination of the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder and other internal organs. It can also be used to determine pregnancy and to monitor an ongoing pregnancy. Ultrasound can detect fluid, cysts, tumors or abscesses.

A ‘transducer’ (a small hand held tool) is applied to the surface of the body where an ultrasound image is desired. Gel is used to help the transducer slide over the skin surface and create a more accurate visual image.

Sound waves are emitted from the transducer and directed into the body where they are bounced off the various organs to different degrees depending on the density of the tissues and the amount of fluid present. The sounds are then fed back through the transducer and are relfected on a viewing monitor. Ultrasound is a painless procedure with no known side effects. It does not involve radiation.

Laboratory

In addition to utilizing outside laboratories for a wide variety of specialized testing, our in-house laboratory equipment allows us to rapidly analyze your pet’s blood or urine on site.

Glaucoma Testing

Utilizing a hand-held device called a tonopen, we can rapidly and accurately measure your pet’s intraocular pressure. Glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, can best be managed when caught early.

Video Otoscope

This device allows us to examine your pet’s ears with high magnification and clarity and allows you to see into your pet’s ears at the same time.  This device also allows us to use our laser in the ear to remove small tumors.

CO2 Surgical Laser

Our laser allows us to perform a wide variety of surgical procedures with less bleeding and less pain. Learn more.

Ellman Radiosurgery

Often referred to as an electrosurgical or electrocautery, the Ellman Surgitron uses refined radio waves to cut tissue or control bleeding with minimal tissue damage.

EKG

EKG is a readout of the electrical activity of the heart.  It is used to diagnose abnormal rhythms in the heart.

Blood Pressure Measurement

Our Doppler blood pressure monitor provides the most accurate blood pressure measurement available for pets.  This allows us to screen for high blood pressure before it causes irreversible kidney or heart damage or even blindness.