Ultrasounds are considered a safe way to perform an internal examination of your pet. Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to produce an image of your pet’s internal makeup, and thus is a noninvasive solution for internal examinations. Ultrasounds uses ultrasound waves and creates the image by recording echoes or reflections from these ultrasound waves. Another great and convenient factor to ultrasound examinations is that they can produce an image instantly, which we can display real-time on a monitor.
What are ultrasound examinations used for in pets?
Ultrasounds are highly effective at imaging for certain things, such as:
- Pregnancy diagnosis
- Heart conditions
- Abdominal organ issues
Are there other ways of examining internal organs? If so, why not use ultrasounds every time?
Ultrasounds are highly effective at creating internal images; however, ultrasound waves will not pass through air, so ultrasound examinations are not ideal for examining organs that have air inside them. Another factor in this is that we may have to shave your pet’s fur in order to fully utilize the power of the ultrasound, as it is best utilized when making contact with the skin.
Will my pet need anesthesia for an ultrasound examination?
Ultrasounds are completely noninvasive, painless, and generally do not require total stillness by your pet, therefore it will not require anesthesia (in most cases).
If you’re looking for more information regarding ultrasounds for your pet, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our helpful staff is eager to answer any and all questions you may have.
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