Veterinary Thermal Imaging is an exciting tool for the pet owner, allowing you to monitor your animal's health and pick up conditions which could be overlooked. This allows quicker treatment, usually saving your animal distress and you money. If you own a pedigree dog or cat, it's a sad fact they are more likely to suffer from hereditary conditions due to the degree of inbreeding that occurs. With animal thermography you can detect these conditions earlier, begin treatment, and enjoy a better prognosis.
Research has shown that 80% of older cats could be suffering with bad backs, which they mask as an innate protective response. If your cat has become more lethargic, is spending more time asleep in their bed, or doesn’t enjoy being stroked as much as she used to, there could be an underlying back problem.
Back and joint problems in dogs can also be picked-up before they cause undue discomfort to your pet, and allowing early treatment which in most cases is quicker, more effective and cheaper. Thermography compares favourably to the cost of other diagnostic tests, for example X-rays (£100-£150 per plate) and MRI scans (£800-£1000), and the results correlate very well with those discovered through other diagnostic methods.
If you are feeding your pet herbal or homeopathic remedies for conditions such as arthritis, or they are under prescribed medication, the efficacy of these can also be monitored and shared with your Vet or Physiotherapist through the objective results of Infrared Imaging.
White cats are particularly susceptible to developing malignant growths, particularly on the ears and nose. Veterinary Thermal Imaging is effective in the early detection of cancer as the growth brings with it its own vasculature, and therefore increased blood flow. Skin lesions and conditions in dogs will also be picked up within the report.
In domesticated cats and dogs dental problems can be a problem. Looking inside the mouth with a thermal imaging camera can detect teeth which appear cooler. This is due to a decrease in blood flow as the pulp inside the tooth dies, or as the resulting pressure from an abscess builds and restricts flow, and can be an early indicator that intervention or an extraction may be necessary.
Rabbits aren’t exempt from musculo-skeletal problems either, with back and hind leg problems common, and treatable with physiotherapy or chiropractic treatment. A thermogram will help you monitor your rabbit’s health.
Feathers act as an excellent insulator, so Thermography is only effective in detecting and monitoring leg conditions in birds, such as arthritis, damage to toes and areas of poor circulation. Despite its limitations, Veterinary Thermal Imaging has proved highly effective in this area.