An ultrasound exam is an important, non-invasive, diagnostic test that allows our veterinarians to look inside your pet’s body without having to perform surgery. In most cases, your pet does not need to be under anesthesia for the ultrasound exam.
The ultrasound machine sends sound-waves into the body and then listens for the echoes to produce images of your pet’s internal organs. Cardiac ultrasound produces images of the heart as it is beating, giving your veterinarian a detailed view of the heart valves, and the heart muscles. Abdominal ultrasound is useful for examining the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys as well as detecting reproductive abnormalities. We are able to examine the organs for location, size, shape, texture and blood supply.
It can also show “masses” within the organs being examined. Our veterinarians will look at your pet’s medical history, current medical concern and the ultrasound exam to make a diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet. At times, additional testing may be recommended.
Integrative Animal Hospital utilizes ultrasound for many reasons. If you have any questions about ultrasound exams or wish to discuss your pet’s health in detail, please give us a call.