Ultrasound is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It is most helpful in evaluating an animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy. We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (X-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure a proper diagnosis.
The veterinarian applies gel to the surface of the body and then methodically moves a transducer (a small handheld tool) across the skin to record images of the area of interest. The gel helps the transducer slide more easily and create a more accurate visual image.
Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects, and doesn’t typically require pets to be sedated or anesthetized. The hair in the area to be examined usually needs to be shaved so the technician can obtain the best result.
If you have any questions about our ultrasound services or want to schedule an appointment for your pet, please call us at (360) 887-1838.