Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure that complements X-rays and allows our doctors to better visualize internal organs in the chest and abdomen. This painless diagnostic technique is normally done without sedation. An ultrasound produces a visual map of the interior of the body and is often crucial to the comprehensive diagnosis of diseases of the heart, liver, kidneys, bladder, spleen, gallbladder and other internal organs. Ultrasonography is invaluable for making treatment decisions for various types of heart disease, organ abnormalities or abdominal growths. It also allows us to biopsy organs such as the liver, kidney and spleen if needed through a tiny "keyhole" incision. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, major surgery is avoided and your pet can often go home the same day

Ultrasound is also used to detect pregnancy and to monitor the progress of the pregnancy as well as detect any possible abnormalities or problems

Your pet can go home immediately afterward, resulting in a stress-free, comfortable visit for both your pet and you.

Ultrasound exams are performed for many reasons.  In human medicine, most of us think about ultrasound exams during pregnancy.  However, in veterinary medicine, because ultrasound is a safe, repeatable way to look inside the body, it has become a very useful tool for many other situations.

Your veterinarian may have requested an ultrasound exam of your pet for one of the following reasons:

  • Abnormal blood work
  • Vomiting or diarrhea that has lasted for a long time
  • Weight loss with no change in eating habits
  • Chronic infections
  • Change in urinary habits
  • Baseline ultrasound for future examination (geriatric patients)
  • Recheck on previous problem
  • Cancer staging
  • Fluid in chest or abdomen
  • Pregnancy
  • Pre-surgical
  • To permit biopsy

Anesthesia or sedation is not usually necessary to perform an ultrasound on the heart or abdomen. With the ability to obtain real time information, outcomes can often be determined immediately.

We maintain high quality ultrasound equipment and offer variety of abdominal and heart ultrasounds.


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