Our hospital offers ultrasound (sonogram) examinations as a non-invasive diagnostic procedure to evaluate your pet’s internal organs. Ultrasound can be used to examine the abdominal organs, reproductive organs, eyes and heart.
If the heart is being examined, the ultrasound is called an echocardiogram. Many times both radiographs (X-rays) and an ultrasound of your pet are recommended for the best evaluation of your pet's situation. X-rays show the size, shape and position of the organs and the ultrasound enables your veterinarian to see the internal structure of each organ.
Ultrasound is non-invasive and well tolerated by most pets. Most pets do not require sedation or anesthesia, though this can depend on their temperament. The hair on the abdomen must be clipped to allow adequate visualization during ultrasound. Gel is then placed on the abdomen and the ultrasound probe is moved methodically over the surface of the abdomen to record images of each organ.
In most cases, ultrasound is relatively brief and your pet is able to go home the very same day. Most importantly, though, an ultrasound helps us make an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition and provides effective treatment recommendations.
If your veterinarian has concerns about their initial ultrasound examination, they may refer you to a specialty veterinary hospital for further evaluation by a specialty ultrasonographer.