Seeing under the skin–that’s what’s possible with ultrasound technology. Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time internal image of your pet’s body, giving us important information about internal organs, which helps us make quicker and more informed decisions with regards to your pet’s health.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasounds can help identify disease and causes of shortness of breath, blockages, soft tissue damage, and other internal injuries. Ultrasound can also be used to diagnose pregnancy before puppies would be visible with x-rays.
An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin sends and receives these sound waves to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen, and gallbladder.
In addition, ultrasound shows free fluid in the abdomen and chest. An echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size, and contractions. Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds rarely require sedation.
To schedule a consultation or to learn more about our ultrasound services, call us at 502-385-2229.