Ultrasonography (also called ultrasound or sonography) is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine the internal organs and other structures inside your pet’s body. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.
We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic methods to get a complete picture of your pet’s overall health. Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects. Most pets can receive an ultrasonic examination without sedation or anesthesia, however, some pets may be painful or experience panic in some of the positions needed to obtain the ultrasound images. These patients may benefit from some sedation or short-acting general anesthesia.
If you have any questions about our ultrasonography service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.
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