Ultrasound is an important diagnostic tool that our doctors use to accurately assess the internal organs of your pet.. An ultrasound exam is a non painful procedure that can be done on patients without anesthesia. An ultrasound is a non-invasive tool that allows us to evaluate structural changes of the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, adrenals, intestines and bladder. Ultrasound combined with radiology allows us to get a complete diagnosis.
We use our cardiac probe to evaluate pets with heart murmurs to determine when to start cardiac medications and diagnose heart disease in cats and dogs.
In many cases we are able to avoid surgery by using the ultrasound to assist in aspirate needle biopsies of internal organs or masses to make a diagnosis.
We also use the ultrasound to determine if vomiting pets have intestinal foreign bodies. We have successfully treated many patients with intestinal foreign bodies without surgery, we maintain hydration in these patients and monitor movement of the foreign body with an abdominal ultrasound.