There are certain medical situations where your veterinarian may recommend your pet have an ultrasound. Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to take a two or three-dimensional image of the area being studied. The sound is reflected off of internal structures. The returning echoes are then received by the transducer and converted by an electronic instrument into an image on a monitor. The images can be printed or recorded on videotape. Ultrasounds are used within the veterinary field to diagnose abdominal issues such as kidney, liver, or intestinal tract related illnesses and thoracic (the heart) exams.
No pain is felt during an ultrasound exam. However, discomfort from pressure may be experienced. Our fully trained team makes every effort to ensure that your pet is as comfortable as possible during their procedure. In general, animals do not need to be anesthetized for this procedure.
Along with having in-house ultrasound capabilities for bladder ultrasounds, cytology guided by ultrasound and pregnancy checks, we also work closely with a board-certified cardiologist and internal medicine veterinarian. This relationship will help your veterinarian full diagnose your pet’s condition and start the correct and best treatment plan quickly.
Conditions that may be diagnosed with ultrasound
- Bladder or kidney stones
- Heart conditions (congestive heart failure, valve conditions)
- Internal masses or growths
- Kidney, spleen, liver and pancreas conditions
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Shunts (portosystemic shunts)
- Prenatal exams
- Mass or growth aspirates guided by ultrasound