Ultrasound for Pets

Did your pet eat something he shouldn’t have? The batteries from your remote, perhaps? Although a standard physical exam is beneficial in evaluating a pet’s external symptoms, there are many conditions that require an internal examination. Animal Clinic of Milford is pleased to announce our new ultrasound machine to safely examine your pet internally, providing top-quality diagnostics.

Ultrasound is a non-invasive advanced imaging technique that uses a hand-held probe tool to record “echoes” of sound waves to provide a moving image of your pet’s internal organs in real time. In veterinary medicine, a 3-dimensional image is the most common to examine the internal organs, including the abdominal area and thoracic structures. It also serves as a valuable tool for various emergency situations.

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Ultrasound Preparation

In order for ultrasound waves to be reflected, they cannot pass through air, which means the probe must make direct contact with the skin. Therefore, before we can perform an ultrasound on a pet, we often have to shave the area being examined. This also helps the ultrasound images be produced with better quality. Some pet owners have questions about whether or not anesthesia is necessary for an ultrasound. The answer is no. Most pets can lie comfortably as the scan is performed, and since the image is produced in real time, results are available immediately.

Does Your Pet Need an Ultrasound?

 Our veterinarians may recommend an ultrasound for your pet for any of the following symptoms:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Abdominal fluid
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Change in urinary habits
  • A mass/tumor
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea

If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your pet, schedule an appointment to take advantage of Animal Clinic of Milford’s new ultrasound technology.