Ultrasound For Pet Diagnostics
Ultrasound forms an important diagnostic tool for all types of medical care, including that which your veterinarian provides for your pet.
Ultrasound technology enables your veterinarian to see exactly what is happening inside your pet’s body in terms of her body structures. It works by directing a narrow beam of
Uses of ultrasound in pet care
Ultrasound has many different uses in the field of veterinary medicine. However, it is best suited for tissues or organs that contain fluids, such as the gallbladder, kidneys, liver, pancreas, urinary bladder, adrenal glands
- Kidney and liver damage
- Gallbladder infection
- Inflamed prostate glands
- Infected uterus
- Cancer of key organs including the spleen and liver
- Lymphoma and other intestinal cancers
In addition, ultrasound-guided biopsies are now being used as a minimally-invasive technique to get accurate samples of
Preparing your pet for ultrasound
If your pet has never had an ultrasound before, it can be helpful to know what will happen to her directly ahead of the appointment.
Anesthesia is rarely needed for ultrasound examinations since they are non-invasive and will not cause your pet any pain. However, if your furbaby is particularly anxious about undergoing any veterinary procedure, your vet may recommend a mild to moderate sedative is used. Nevertheless, it will almost certainly be necessary to shave any fur your pet has in the area that is to be assessed as the ultrasound probe needs to make direct contact with the skin for it to be effective.
The actual ultrasound process is identical to what we experience if we have an ultrasound and usually takes under half an hour. It can be much quicker depending on what your veterinarian needs to assess. Once she is ready, your pet’s skin will be cleaned, and a special gel applied to the probe and the area to be assessed. This gel helps conduct the sound waves and obtain the clearest possible image. If required, your vet will be able to take still photographs of the area, before concluding by wiping the gel from your pet. If she has had sedation, you will need to wait for this to wear off so that your vet can check that there have been no lasting effects.
The results from your pet’s ultrasound
In some cases, your vet may be able to give you a clear indication of the results of your pet’s ultrasound at the appointment itself. In other instances, it may be necessary for your vet to take these away and compare them to other types of diagnostic test, past or present, in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Your vet will be able to tell you what to expect for your pet.
A pet ultrasound is a useful diagnostic tool and nothing to be concerned about. If you have any further questions about the ultrasound process, please do not hesitate to contact our veterinary team here at our offices in Noblesville, IN.