Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound-waves to allow us to view organs within the body. The images can show size, shape, and texture. Reasons a veterinarian will recommend an ultrasound may include: chronic vomiting and diarrhea, abnormal blood work, change in urinary habits, abnormal weight loss, and fluid in the chest or abdomen.
For our ultrasounds, we use Veterinary Ultrasound Services which is operated by Jessica Hopwood, CVT. This is a service that we have to schedule ahead of time, so if your pet is in critical condition, it may be recommended that you go on referral to an emergency clinic.
The services Jessica offers include:
Organs within the abdominal cavity scanned include: Liver, gallbladder, stomach, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, adrenals, urinary bladder, prostate, lymph nodes, colon, and the gastrointestinal tract.
Urinary System Ultrasound
Scanning is limited to the kidneys, urinary bladder, prostate, testicles, and the iliac lymph nodes.
Cardiac imaging allows a non-invasive look into the heart to evaluate the chambers and valves for any abnormalties and asseses heart function, blood flow, and pressures within.