Ultrasounds are a valuable tool in veterinary medicine – they allow veterinarians the ability to gain priceless information often missed by other diagnostic methods in a noninvasive procedure. Because ultrasounds are noninvasive (they don’t require surgery), they are entirely painless for your pet. The majority of patients don’t need anesthesia to remain comfortable, but a light sedative to promote relaxation may be administered depending on the pet’s demeanor and desired outcome of the ultrasound.
Ultrasounds work by directing high-frequency sound waves at internal organs. These waves bounce off the organs, producing an echo, which is converted into a visual image.