Veterinary Ultrasound

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a veterinary ultrasound? 

An ultrasound exam allows the veterinarian to view and analyze your pet’s internal organs (i.e. liver, kidneys and intestines) without needing to perform surgery. Often considered one of the safest, most convenient and cost-effective methods of diagnosis, an ultrasound offers quick answers to many pet health problems. After all, time is always of the essence when it comes to the health and well-being of your pet.

Does my pet need an ultrasound?

While most of us think of ultrasound exams as something performed on women during pregnancy, a veterinary ultrasound can be performed for a variety of reasons. Reasons to conduct an ultrasound on your pet may include:

  • Diagnosis of health problem or disease (i.e. liver disease, kidney problems, etc.)
  • Chronic infections
  • Suspected fluid in chest or abdomen
  • Cancer diagnosis and/or staging
  • Instances of sustained vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Pre-surgical procedure
  • Pregnancy
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Follow-up for abnormal blood work

How does an ultrasound work?

An ultrasound uses high-pitch frequencies (higher than the human ear can hear) to provide high-quality images of your pet’s body and internal organs. A heart ultrasound, also known as an echocardiogram, is often used to check for heart disease and other cardiac issues. Although an ultrasound is an excellent imaging tool for a variety of health problems, it is not often recommended when examining bones or the lungs.

What happens during an ultrasound exam?

During a typical ultrasound exam, the pet is placed on his/her side or back. While many pets are initially anxious, the examination itself is completely painless. To obtain the best-quality image possible, the hair on the area being examined is shaved off. This is done so that the transducer is as close to your pet’s skin as possible. The transducer, a hand-held object that resembles a remote control, is the tool used to conduct the actual ultrasound. Most ultrasound exams take between 30-60 minutes. Generally, pet owners are not allowed to remain in the room during an ultrasound exam.

What happens after the exam?

Following an ultrasound exam, the veterinarian will discuss your pet’s results with you and make any recommendations for follow-up care and/or examinations.

Does Mebane Pet Clinic recommend ultrasounds for pets?

Yes! An ultrasound is a safe, simple procedure that can be very effective at diagnosing many of your pet’s health problems. Unlike an x-ray, no radiation is used during a veterinary ultrasound. However, at Mebane Pet Clinic, an ultrasound is often used in conjunction with an x-ray exam to allow the veterinarian to make a more informed diagnosis.

Schedule an appointment

If you are interested in scheduling a veterinary ultrasound for your pet, call Mebane Pet Clinic today at (919) 304-5200. For additional information on the complete range of services offered at Mebane Pet Clinic, visit our Services page.