Our Veterinary Services

Interventional Radiology

Our state-of-the-art animal hospital is equipped with advanced imaging tools – fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT, and MRI. Combined with the expertise of our veterinarians, it allows us to use Interventional Radiology (IR) to diagnose and treat a variety of medical problems without the need for invasive open surgery. IR procedures can be less painful, less risky, and sometimes more efficient than conventional surgeries. They only require small incisions through which needles and catheters are placed under the guidance of imaging tools (e.g., fluoroscopy).

Our surgeons routinely use Interventional Radiology for placement of tracheal stents, ureteral stents, urethral stents, pacemakers, and feeding tubes, as well as for kidney and bladder stones removal. IR is also widely used to perform several vascular procedures – e.g., to dissolve blood clots or to stop blood flow to cancer cells. In addition, some bone fractures and joint displacements can be repaired using Interventional Radiology.

Our veterinary Interventional Radiology procedures include:


  • Cardiologic interventions:
  • Triple lumen catheter placement
  • Vascular access port placement

Interventional oncology

  • Urethral stenting
  • Ureteral stenting


  • Antegrade urethral catheterization
  • Cystourethrogram for diagnosis of urethral obstruction or rupture
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic cystoscopy
  • Ectopic ureter ablation: available in both males and females
  • Hydraulic occluder inflation/deflationHydraulic occluder placement and maintenance
  • Hydraulic occluder placement for refractory incontinence
  • Ablation of persistent mesonephric remnant and hymens
  • Minimally invasive removal of stones SNL (surgically assisted) nephrolithotomy for massive, complicated nephroliths
  • Ureteral stenting for stones/strictures/infection surgical vs. endoscopic placement
  • Ureteral stricture/congenital malformation treatment
  • Urethral obstructions relieved with guidewires – reduces trauma to the urethra
  • Urethral stenting for malignancy/stricturesUrethral stricture ballooning
  • Urethral stricture treatment
  • Voiding urethrohydropulsion
  • Voiding urohydropulsion
  • Subcutaneous ureteral bypass (SUB) placement


  • Biopsy and debulking of nasal, laryngeal, and tracheal tumors
  • Bronchial/tracheal foreign body retrieval
  • Nasopharyngeal stenosis balloon dilation
  • Nasopharyngeal stenting for refractory/recurrent stenosis
  • Pleural Port placement for chronic pleural effusion
  • Tracheal stenting
  • Bronchial/tracheal foreign body retrieval
  • Nasopharyngeal stenting
  • Nasopharyngeal balloon dilation


  • Colonic stenting for neoplasia/strictures
  • Endoscopic colonic mass biopsy, polypectomy
  • Endoscopic duodenal mass, biopsy polypectomy
  • Endoscopic gastric mass debulking, biopsy, polypectomy
  • Esophageal balloon (BE) tubes, indwelling treatment for esophageal strictures
  • Esophageal ballooning
  • Esophageal dilation PEG tubes
  • Esophageal feeding tube placement
  • Esophageal stenting Low-profile gastrostomy tube replacement
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement (PEG tube)
  • Polypectomy (bladder, esophageal, gastric, and colonic)Rectal stricture ballooning

A brief IR introduction

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