Thursday, December 24, 2015

Top Ten Holiday Pet Hazards

Keep Your Pet Safe This Holiday

T’is the season...decorations come out of storage, lots of family and friend gatherings, food, food, and MORE FOOD. Animals can get into the spirit with you; now is the time to figure out any hidden hazards your home or guests may present to your pets.
Here’s what you need to watch for:
Avoid These Dangerous Foods
With so much food around at the holidays, pets can easily and unexpectedly help themselves to people treats. Dogs are masters at finding unattended plates and trash cans, while cats can easily jump on to counter tops and tables. Guests may have an open and generous hand.

5 foods you should keep away from your pet:

1. Chocolates products contain methylxanthines, which include caffeine and theobromine. Vomiting and diarrhea are common side effects of eating chocolate. More serious effects include anxiousness, hyperactivity, stumbling, tremors, abnormal heart rhythms, seizures and even death. In most cases, if the pet is treated early, the prognosis is generally good.
2. Xylitol, the artificial sweetener, can be deadly to pets. Ingestion causes a dangerous drop in blood sugar, which can result in vomiting, lethargy, weakness, collapse, or seizures. Signs appear in as little as 15 to 30 minutes but may be delayed for up to 12 hours. In some dogs, liver failure can occur in 72 hours.
3. Fat Trimmings and Bones may include inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), broken teeth, severe vomiting, diarrhea, or a blockage of the esophagus, stomach, or intestines. Best to avoid.
4. Grapes and Raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs (we don't know why). Signs that your dog may have eaten these sweeties include vomiting, followed by lethargy, loss of appetite, increased thirst and increased urination.
5. Alcohol, even small amounts can cause coma and death to dogs and cats. Signs usually appear within 15 to 30 minutes and may include unsteady gait, vomiting, and lethargy.

Create a Safe Environment for Your Pets

6. Tinsel, ornaments, and ribbon are especially attractive to cats; they wiggle and sparkle and are great toys. Broken ornaments can cause cuts, and eating ornaments, tinsel, or hooks can cause serious intestinal injury.
7. Holiday Plants, poinsettias and mistletoe to name two, may be problematic, but their toxicity is overrated. Eating poinsettias will not risk your cat or dog’s life; however, it can cause irritation to the mouth and possibly vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause heart problems, but usually only causes gastrointestinal symptoms. The same goes for holly.
If you are a cat owner, lilies are the one plant you must worry about because eating them can cause kidney failure. If you spot lilies in an arrangement, get it out of your home immediately and clean up any pollen — every part of the plant is toxic!
Tip: Another overlooked danger is Christmas tree water, which can contain fertilizer as well as bacteria.
8. Cords and Candles make a great chew toy, right? Wrong! Pets often want to chew on electrical cords and lights, which can cause electrocution, so cover or hide all cords. Hide candles as well, because a dog or cat can knock them over and cause burns or a house fire.
9. Liquid Potpourri smells great to you, your cat and your dog. It takes only a few licks of these oils to cause serious chemical burns.
10. Stress isn't confined to humans; when routines are disrupted and new activities occur, your pet may be the first to notice. Consider keeping the animal isolated in a quiet room with food, water, and a cozy bed. You can also speak to your veterinarian about medications that may help relieve anxiety.

And here's an extra 1, we bet you hadn't thought about...

11. Guests, especially if they are not pet owners, may unknowingly place your pet in danger. Make sure to show them where the “approved” treats are located, request that they keep luggage closed to prevent a curious pet from investigating, and instruct them to not leave medications on tables.
Always keep your veterinarian's number handy, along with the number of the animal poison control center, in case of emergency.
We at Diagnostic Imaging Systems, wish you and yours a happy, peaceful and safe holiday season.
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Monday, November 30, 2015

Special Pricing for DR-Wizard Equine Package for 2016 AAEP Conference Attendees

Diagnostic Imaging Systems, Inc.
2325 E. Saint Charles St. P.O. Box 3390
Rapid City, SD 57703

Contact: Joe Hecker
Phone: 800-346-9729
Fax: 605-341-0053


Diagnostic Imaging System, Inc. Announces Special Product Pricing for Attendees of the American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention

Special Pricing for AAEP Show Attendees: Purchase Equine DR-Wizard package for $39,995

Rapid City, S.D., Nov. 30, 2015--Diagnostic Imaging Systems, Inc., (DIS) providing quality imaging products designed and engineered to match equine, mixed, or small animal practice needs, announced today that it would be offering special pricing to attendees of the 2015 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The 61st Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada Dec. 5-9, 2015. 

THE 14X17 Equine DR-Wizard package includes the most advanced CSI (cesium iodide scintillator) direct deposition technology. It is lighter, far more durable, and smaller in volume providing high quality images with less image distortion. This cutting-edge technology ensures the most rapid and high-quality image with the lowest dosage of radiation. The combination relays information instantly from your facility or the field with wireless data transmission. DIS offers economy, reliability and superior accuracy with the highest safety standards for operating in any environment.

Quality imaging ensures a better diagnosis. Whether patients are large or small, top-quality imagery is a key defining aspect to ensure proper decisions and treatment. DR-Wizard's comprehensive range of software algorithm species and body region applications automatically enhance image quality; resulting in diagnostic precision, without an increase in radiation dosage.

One of the key benefits of the DR-Wizard is the ability to customize the image display to individual veterinarian preference. This customization provides the best available image based upon the anatomy region and optimized image quality needed. Large and small animal algorithm package is standard with every DR-Wizard system.

"Great News!" said Dr. Shawn Frehner, DVM.  "I now have a digital radiograph machine.  I can take and develop all radiographs (x-rays) right on the spot and have answers within minutes. Diagnosis and Treatment!  It is awesome! Great for lameness and problems. ALSO, great to help your farrier do a perfect job or check problems in the foot. Thank you so much for all of your help and wonderful product. It is truly terrific and takes beautiful radiographs. The support has been wonderful from your company. And the product is top-of-the-line," Frehner said.

The REVOLUTIONARY Equine DR-Wizard flat panel system is the pinnacle in the final evolution of flat-panel digital X-ray detector technology. Now you can have all the benefits of a true DR flat-panel system, plus the convenience of receiving and transmitting x-ray images wirelessly within seconds from anywhere in your facility or in the field. All at an affordable cost, similar to a conventional, low-priced CR system.

About Diagnostic Imaging Systems

Diagnostic Imaging Systems, Inc. (DIS) provides quality imaging products at the best possible price with our “Just Ask” competitive pricing. The company combines industry knowledge with an understanding of the veterinary practice. Imaging needs are simplified, allowing the business owner more time to manage their business. DIS provides state-of-the-art solutions to match the needs of every practice. 

For more information, go to Diagnostic Imaging Systems, Inc. website at:


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Why move to a digital radiology system for your veterinary practice?

It makes good dollars & sense.

Versatility, form and function expedites critical diagnostic testing
Tech-savvy veterinary practices that were early adopters of digital radiology equipment in the 2000s already know the benefits a digital system brings. Indeed, the tools have already been fully embraced by forward-thinking hospitals and clinics around the world due to their versatility, functionality and ROI. Still, despite the fact that most everything today is digitized in this era of the “internet of things,” many veterinary practices are still relying on archaic, costly radiology equipment for diagnosis when dealing with their clients’ animals.

With digital radiology (DR) systems, no longer does a clinic or hospital need to support a darkroom, nor deal with complicated chemicals and expensive plastic film processing and storage. And, as use increases across clinics, digital image quality has increased while seeing prices fall within reach.

So what are some of the benefits of adopting a digital radiology system?

DR systems are fast: DR systems produce results much more quickly than traditional systems. No lengthy development process required.

They are effective: Accuracy and precision are key in diagnostics. DR technology delivers in this area, as the systems produce clear images that contribute to better diagnoses. Feature-rich DR systems have greater functionality than traditional systems. DR systems produce the desired results, without ever compromising quality.

They are user-friendly: DR systems come with tools that make them versatile, intuitive and easy for trained personnel to use. According to an article in Veterinary Practice News, imaging techniques are simplified by the versatile tools offered by a DR system: "Digital technology is much faster than conventional radiography, and the software allows adjustment of brightness, contrast, zoom and pan on a single exposure. As long as the patient is positioned correctly, most everything else can be fixed by the machine’s controls." 

They are portable: Mobile/portable DR digital table systems include detachable, removable parts that make x-ray technology mobile. Mobile DR systems bring the best radiology technology wherever it needs to go, enhancing productivity and providing versatile solutions for a veterinary facility.

They are affordable: No longer are digital systems outpricing traditional models. As the field has evolved, prices have gone done, making DR systems more accessible to practices of all sizes.The cost to maintain a digital system, once implemented, is much lower than maintaining the expensive products necessary to support ongoing use of a traditional x-ray system. DR systems increase and enhance radiology productivity, as explained in our earlier blog post. According to Veterinary Practice News, hospitals and clinics that invest in the technology see "faster return on investment" due to the systems' workflow advantages. 

“We spent a good deal of time in research and development consulting with professionals in the field for input on how to create DR products that answer all practitioners’ long-time complaints about traditional x-ray machines,” said Joe Hecker, President of Diagnostic Imaging Systems (DIS) and product development director for the department of imaging services. “DR systems’ benefits now surpass anything we expected, making them far superior to traditional x-ray systems. If cost is the only thing standing in a clinic’s way when it comes to adoption, they will want to take into consideration the cost savings that DR systems ultimately bring.”

Isn’t it time you started moving your practice toward an affordable digital radiology system?

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