Ultrasounds complement other diagnostic tools for a complete view of your pet's health.
Ultrasound is an essential diagnostic tool, often used when a physical exam, blood work or x-rays indicate possible problems with internal organs. An ultrasound uses sound waves and echoes to produce pictures of what’s going on inside a body. Ultrasound for animals is exactly like it is for humans, except that in animals, we might have to shave a bit of fur so that the ultrasound wand makes better contact with the skin.
What can I expect during my pet's appointment?
Ultrasound is painless and noninvasive. The test consists of moving a wand across the area that is being examined. If your pet is restless, we might use mild sedation because the results are best if the animal is still. Our clinic has a board-certified ultrasonographer on call who uses the most advanced equipment available.
Why does my pet need an ultrasound?
An ultrasound might be ordered if your pet has abnormal blood work or x-rays, unexplained weight changes, lack of appetite, diarrhea or vomiting. The test can determine if a pet is pregnant. If a mass is detected during a physical exam, an ultrasound can show us where the mass is, its size and how it might be impacting organs. Ultrasounds show whether fluid has accumulated in an organ or the abdominal cavity.
If surgery is needed, results of an ultrasound can help us assess risks. An ultrasound can also be helpful before we do surgery, as it gives us a better picture of the problem we will be dealing with.
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