When Should I Get an Ultrasound for My Dog?
When our furry friends get sick, we sometimes feel helpless. At Twin Peaks Veterinary Center in Tucson, our top-notch veterinarians are here to soothe your worries and calm your fears. Our vets occasionally use a pet ultrasounds to narrow down the problem and develop a solution.
What Is a Pet Ultrasound?
Veterinarians use ultrasounds as a diagnostic device that delivers sound waves into your pet’s body. They are painless, safe, and radiation-free. The pet ultrasound will provide detailed images of the internal organs. Your vet examines the images to help develop a more accurate diagnosis of what is ailing your pet.
Why Does My Pet Need an Ultrasound?
- The pet is not responding to medication and supportive care for diarrhea and vomiting.
- The pet’s blood tests come back abnormal.
- The pet is losing weight at a rapid pace with no obvious cause.
- Your pet gets frequent viral or bacterial infections.
- The dog or cat has regular chest congestion.
- The pet is suffering from a problematic pregnancy.
- A cat or dog is suffering from spleen, liver, heart, bladder, or kidney disease.
- Your pet requires major surgery in the future.
What Happens During a Pet Ultrasound?
First, your vet will shave the area that will get scanned. Next, they apply a gel to the shaved area and slide it across the skin to scan the area of interest. The cat or dog will not require anesthesia. If your pet is anxious, a vet will administer a mild sedative.
The vet can view the images produced by the ultrasound in real-time. The immediate information about the pet’s internal structure steers the veterinarian in the direction towards a proper diagnosis. If they detect something suspicious, they may order more testing.
Contact Twin Peaks Veterinary Center – Tucson, AZ
If you suspect your dog is ill, contact Twin Peaks Veterinary Center today. We all worry when our pet shows symptoms that we do not understand. Call us today at (520) 572-8300 with any questions or concerns about pet ultrasounds.