Ultrasounds use sound waves to look inside your pet without us having to actually look inside your pet!
While x-rays can tell us one side of the story, ultrasonography can give us the other side, with some extra details but without the harmful radiation. They can be quick and are usually painless.
Your dog or cat lies on a foam bed shaped like a V, most often on their backs. The veterinarian may shave some of your pet’s hair away so they can get the best view of the inner workings (or not workings) of your dog or cat. Using a special gel on the end of the probe, the vet runs the ultrasound along the abdomen, and can capture the images as she or he goes. Depending on the severity of the problem, this may take as little as 5 minutes to as long as 30 minutes. Technicians are with your pet at all times to ensure they feel safe and secure while the vet does the exam.
When the ultrasound exam is finished, your dog or cat will be returned to you (if you’ve chosen to wait). The veterinarian will discuss her or his findings with you and offer a plan for treatment so your pet can feel better once again.
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