Complete systematic abdominal ultrasound with radiologist review, diagnostic and treatment recommendations.
A complete 2D, M-Mode, and color and spectral Doppler echocardiographic examination with cardiologist report and treatment recommendations.
Thyroid/parathyroid scans and fine needle aspirates are available for palpable masses or hypercalcemia requiring cervical imaging.
Thoracic scanning for radiographically visible thoracic masses (pulmonary or mediastinal), and ultrasound guided tissue or fluid collection. Includes T-fast of thoracic structures.
A complete abdominal ultrasound with liver shunt screening performed by a board certified internal medicine specialist. Her written report will include diagnostic and treatment recommendations. Limited availability.
An evaluation of every abdominal organ for size, margination, echotexture, and neoplasia. All standard abdominal measurements will be acquired according to the current ACVR protocol
Screening of the gastrointestinal tract for foreign material
Evaluation and measurements of the intestinal wall layers. Includes screening for intestinal masses, inflammatory disease, and gastrointestinal lymphoma
Pregnancy evaluation and due date estimation
Screening of the the urinary and biliary tract for stones, accumulated material, obstructions, or evidence of congenital defects
Acquisition of fine needle aspirates if desired. Diagnostic and therapeutic body fluid sampling (cystocentesis, abdominocentesis, thoracocentesis)
As practitioners, it is our opinion that cardiac patients are most accurately diagnosed and managed with a consultation and echocardiogram performed by a boarded veterinary cardiologist.
As rural veterinarians, we understand that this is not always possible. It is our belief that useful and actionable information can be gained from cardiac imaging performed by a trained veterinary sonographer. Our goal is not to take the place of the cardiologist, but to provide an accessible service for routine cases that cannot establish care with a specialist.
Our cardiac ultrasounds will include standard heart measurements, interpretation, a diagnostic summary and treatment recommendations from a boarded veterinary cardiologist.
We are currently offering outpatient appointments for stable cardiac ultrasounds in our shared space with Whidbey Veterinary House Calls, 1751 NE Goldie Rd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.
Congenital cases or breeding certifications should be referred to a boarded cardiologist.
A 1998 graduate Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Callihan has 22 years of emergency medicine experience, nearly half of that in referral setting. An avid proponent of ultrasound imaging, she has over 120 CE hours in acquisition of cardiac ultrasound and more than 7 years of experience imaging the heart in the veterinary setting. She has spent the past 4 years honing her scanning skills in advanced cardiac scanning courses.
Dr. Callihan has trained at both Sound Academy of Veterinary Imaging and Sonopath with courses that ranged from beginner to advanced spectral doppler and congenital screenings.
Our cardiac studies will be evaluated and interpreted by Dr. Katie Nadolny, lead cardiologist at Summit Referral Hospital in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Callihan has received in-person training with our interpreting cardiologist to ensure that her ultrasounds are of excellent diagnostic quality.
Please see our cardiac ultrasound protocol for details (link below)
-to discern cardiac vs pulmonary disease
Cardiac ultrasound can make a significant difference when managing heart disease or caring for emergency patients. There is immense benefit in knowing if a cardiac mass is present before proceeding with a splenectomy. How worrisome is a murmur when you need to schedule an anesthetic procedure or run aggressive IV fluids? In animals with structural disease, cardiac ultrasound can take the guesswork out of which medications to start. Likewise, pets that have been started empirically on cardiac medications like furosemide may be found to not need them, based on objective measurements rather than our best guess.
The price of our studies includes a full radiologist or cardiologist written report, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We are working with South Sound Veterinary Imaging, a Tacoma, WA based telemedicine service.