Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

Imaging Services

What Imaging Services are available to Full Circle Veterinary clients?

Imaging techniques, like x-ray and ultrasound, are useful to examine the interior world of your pet’s anatomy. Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives anticipates that your conventional veterinary team will do much of the imaging work required by your dog or cat. If this is not the case or our veterinarians need further clarification of a problem, we may utilize the facilities of our companion practice, Petworks Animal Hospital to perform x-rays or ultrasounds. Maritime Veterinary Imaging supports our analysis of radiographs and offers monthly in-clinic assessments by a board-certified veterinary ultrasonographer, Dr. Rist.

More complex imaging such as CT scans or MRI’s are performed at referral practices like the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island or Riverview Animal Hospital in Moncton. 

How are x-rays used in veterinary medicine?

X-ray or radiograph images are taken to diagnose problems common to dogs and cats, for example, arthritis, abnormal organ size, foreign objects in the abdomen or internal masses. Radiographs provide a flat image; certain structures like adrenal glands are difficult to locate on an x-ray.

How is ultrasound used in veterinary medicine?

Ultrasound differs from radiography in that the individual images are cross-sections through the body. Ultrasound allows for quite detailed anatomical examination of internal structures permitting visualization of small masses that an x-ray may miss. Motion is also seen on ultrasound, and this is important for evaluating things like heart function and gut motility.

A subspecialty in ultrasonography is cardiac (heart) evaluation. We are fortunate to have a cardiac specialist, Dr. Orr from East Coast Veterinary Cardiology in the HRM region who provides this service for Full Circle clients as needed.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.