Ultrasound is a technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize many internal organs and is an excellent tool to help diagnose many common diseases of both dogs and cats.
Every ultrasound is performed using state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment. These studies will be pre-scheduled at your family veterinary practice.
The benefit to these services is the continuity of care your pet receives by remaining under the care of your family veterinarian while adding that extra level of expertise that only a specialist can provide. Most diagnostics (blood work, x-rays, etc.) will be performed by your family veterinarian and then one of our specialists will perform and provide the interpretation of the ultrasound. All communications will continue through your family veterinarian to provide seamless care.
We do recommend that you withhold food for at least 12 hours prior to the ultrasound. You may still provide your pet with water. Please speak with your veterinarian if your pet has a medical reason such as diabetes that would require them to be fed.
It is ideal to not allow your pet to urinate immediately before the ultrasound. The bladder can be better evaluated when full.
Medications should be given on time as previously prescribed by your family veterinarian. You may give medications with a very small treat.
To obtain the best possible image, we will need to shave the area of interest and apply a non-toxic gel so the ultrasound probe has good contact with the skin.