Why would we ultrasound your pet? If our doctors have any concerns about the function of any of your pet’s internal organs, they will recommend an ultrasound or x-rays or both depending on the situation. Ultrasound is a non-invasive and painless procedure. Pets typically lay quietly on our padded table during their ultrasound without any adverse effects.
An ultrasound allows our doctors to actually see your pet’s internal organs without having surgery. Ultrasound basically falls into two categories either abdominal or cardiac (heart). The abdominal ultrasound looks at everything from the diaphragm down: stomach, liver, spleen, kidneys, pancreas, intestines, bladder, etc. We also can take samples from any suspicious fluids or masses we see during the procedure.
Cardiac ultrasound determines how well the heart is functioning by measuring the thickness of the heart muscles and allowing the doctor to observe how the valves are working. This can tell us how to best treat any heart disease that is detected and gives us monitoring parameters to evaluate that treatment in the future.