Ultrasound tests are a key tool used to detect changes in the shape, size, tissue, density, internal structure and position of organs. The exam can identify most abdominal masses or tumors, fluid within the abdominal cavity as well as abnormal lymph nodes. Ultrasound is sometimes used to guide a biopsy to obtain a tissue sample. Ultrasounds are also commonly used to check for pregnancy, sometimes as early as 30 days.
Typically, our vets will recommend an ultrasound exam as the next step after blood work, physical exams, x-rays and other primary diagnostic strategies. This may allow them to get a more complete picture of your pet’s internal health.
Is An Ultrasound Painful for Pets?
No. No pain is involved as the procedure is non-invasive.
Will My Pet Need Anesthesia for an Ultrasound?
Neither sedation or anesthesia is required for more pets; however, some dogs are resistant to lying on their backs and may need some sedation to allow the diagnostic procedure to be completed.
Please call Wilkinson Animal Hospital in Gastonia, North Carolina to make a your pet’s ultrasound appointment today!