For Owners

Below are resources on some of the conditions we see at the Clinic. Be sure to visit the information page for basic information on the services we offer.

  

Feline Cystitis | The Animal Ultrasound Clinic offers services for cats with lower urinary tract disease (cystitis). Cats with lower urinary tract disease benefit greatly from the findings of a bladder sonogram. Most often, tiny calculi ("sand") are not visible radiographically, because they gravitate to the dependent part of the bladder when the cat voids or when the cat is positioned for a cystocentesis. The urinalysis therefore does not detect their presence. Detection of calculi (as opposed to the detection of microscopic crystaluria, which is believed to be a normal finding in cat urine), is critical to the successful management of cystitis.  Other structural lesions sometimes seen are tumors, a thickened bladder wall, diverticulae, repeated clot formation (e.g., cats with hemophilia), tumors (transitional cell carcinoma and lymphoma, especially), and bladder wall cysts.  Only when these causes of bladder disease have been ruled out can a diagnosis of idiopathic sterile cystitis be suggested.  Each of these bladder problems has a specific therapy.
  
Feeding tube management handout | This handout describes the management of a PEG tube for a cat with hepatic lipidosis. It is a pdf file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
  
Taurine and carnitine | There is much speculation regarding the effectiveness of taurine and l-carnitine in the treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs. This current reference explains what is known and what is not know and should be a useful guide for treatment decisions. It is a pdf file and requires Acrobat Reader for viewing.
   
Chronic active hepatitis | The treatment of chronic active hepatitis is outlined here and some case results will soon be added. It is a pdf file and requires Acrobat Reader for viewing.
  
  
  
  
  
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Dr. Thomas Rossi, DVM, is our main veterinarian. He consults on all internal medicine patients and provides diagnostic and treatment plans from nearly 30 years of experience.

Dr. Neil Harpster, VMD, is our off-site consulting cardiologist. His 50 years of experience in small animal cardiology brings a vast knowledge base to the echo lab.