Ultrasounds are a non-invasive imaging technique that allows our team to visualize the internal organs of your pet. It is the same technology used to generate sonograms during human pregnancy which uses sound waves transmitted into the body to create an image.
This tool allows us to examine the organs for location, size and shape. There are many reasons we may perform an ultrasound on your pet. These can include include:
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Abnormal bloodwork
- Change in urinary habits
- Chest fluid
- Verify a mass prior to biopsy
Ultrasounds are not painful, though some pets do require minor sedation during the procedure. We may also shave your pet’s fur to allow for accurate contact between the ultrasound probe and your pet’s skin.
After the exam, the doctor will discuss the results with you and make recommendations for follow-up care and treatment if necessary.
An ultrasound is a great tool that can help us diagnose your pet’s medical condition without the trauma of surgery. Ultrasounds are just one of the many services that illustrate our passion for your pet’s health.