Ultrasound

An ultrasound exam is a way of looking inside your pet’s body (liver, kidneys, bladder, stomach, intestines and all other abdominal organs) without having to perform surgery.  The ultrasound machine uses sound waves that are sent into the body and then listens for the echoes, then uses these echoes to form a picture of the inside of your pet!  Don’t worry, these sound waves are too high in pitch for us, or any of our patients, to hear and produce no harmful effects.

Why does my pet need an ultrasound exam?

Ultrasound exams are performed for many reasons.  In human medicine ultrasound exams are widely used to monitor the fetus during pregnancy.  However, in veterinary medicine, because ultrasound is a safe, detailed way to look inside the body, it has become a very useful tool for many other situations.

You or your veterinarian may request and ultrasound exam for one of the following reasons:

  • Bloodwork abnormalities
  • Vomiting15400943_1734782619880734_5827826791381413600_n
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Urinary problems
  • Infections of organs
  • Cancer (diagnosed or suspected)
  • Fluid in the abdomen or chest
  • Pregnancy
  • Surgical planning

 

Baseline screening in older or geriatric patients