Answering Your Questions about Ultrasound Pets
It can be difficult for pet owners to understand what is wrong with their pets. After all, pets can’t directly communicate with them. At Broadway Veterinary Hospital here in Sacramento, we use ultrasound to diagnose problems that may be affecting your pet.
What Are the Reasons for Using Veterinary Ultrasound?
Ultrasound allows your veterinarian to see what’s going on inside your pet’s body. It is also a great way to look at his fluid-filled organs, such as the kidneys, bladder, heart, liver, and spleen.
Some symptoms that may call for an ultrasound for your pet include:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss that can’t be explained
- Chronic diarrhea or vomiting
- Straining to urinate
- Chronic infections
- Abnormal blood work
- Possibility of pregnancy
How Can I Prepare My Pet for Ultrasound?
If you have ever had an ultrasound done before, you know that it involves no pain or discomfort during the procedure. If your pet is prone to anxiety or is unable to remain completely still, sedation may be required.
Since fluid-filled organs are better seen when a pet has an empty stomach, our veterinary professional may ask that you abstain from feeding your pet food for at least a couple of hours before your appointment. However, our veterinarian prefers pets have a full bladder during the examination so that the organs by seen better. This is true if your pet is to be examined for possible kidney or bladder problems. Because of this, you should try to prevent your pet from urinating before the procedure.
What Happens After My Pet’s Ultrasound?
After a careful examination and viewing of the ultrasound results, Dr. Sam can make a final diagnosis of the cause of your pet’s problem and find the right treatment for your animal.
Contact Our Veterinarian to Make an Appointment Today
With the use of the high-frequency sound waves that the ultrasound produces, an image can be created and the vet team at Broadway Veterinary Hospital can determine exactly what your pet needs.
Call us at (916) 446-6154 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sam Varon. With a thorough examination and with the help of ultrasound, he can provide you with the right answers to the problem your pet can’t explain.