Ultrasound is a safe and very effective diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. It is a non-invasive procedure in which images of the internal organs and structures of your pet are taken by using sound waves. Here at Eldorado Animal Clinic, we most commonly ultrasound the abdomen, liver, kidneys, bladder, pancreas, stomach, spleen and the chest. We also use ultrasound to look at the prostate, the endometrium and to conduct pregnancy diagnostics.
What to Expect from an Ultrasound Appointment
If your pet is scheduled for an ultrasound, check with us about how to best prepare your pet. Depending upon your pet and the type of ultrasound recommended, or if a biopsy is to be taken, our Veterinarian may want to give your pet a gentle sedative. If this is the case, we ask that you fast your pet 8-12 hours prior to the procedure because food and gas can make imaging the internal organs a bit difficult. We want to get a clear ultrasound of your pet. Water of course is fine. If your pet is having urination problems, and a bladder ultrasound is recommended, please make sure that your pet has a near-full bladder at the time of the examination.
During the ultrasound procedure, your pet may be sedated, and will be placed in a comfortable padded holder by one of our technicians. Our technicians are there to assist our doctors in order to monitor the vital signs of your pet if under sedation, and also to give your pet some extra TLC during the whole process. A simple scratch on the head and positive affirmations go a long way with the vast majority of our patients! Also, please know that we will need to shave the region of your pet that we are studying as hair interferes with the imaging process.
Most ultrasound appointments take approximately one hour. Often times we ask that you drop-off your pet for a few hours, and then pick up later after the ultrasound has been completed. Check with us first, the length of time needed depends upon several factors.
When we finish with the ultrasound, a full report, analysis of findings, and appropriate recommendations will be provided to you. Upon request, you can also receive a CD of your pet’s ultrasound images.
ARTICLES ON ULTRASOUND IN DOGS AND CATS
Ultrasound FAQs: University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
Ultrasound and Ultrasound with Biopsies