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Ultrasound exams are performed for many reasons. In human medicine, most of us think about ultrasound exams during pregnancy. However, in veterinary medicine, because ultrasound is a safe, repeatable way to look inside the body, it has become a very useful tool for many other situations.
Our veterinarians may suggest an ultrasound for one of the following reasons:
Vomiting or diarrhea that has lasted for a long time
Weight loss with no change in eating habits
Change in urinary habits
Baseline ultrasound for future examination (geriatric patients)
Recheck on a previous problem
Fluid in chest or abdomen
Ultrasound allows us to examine internal organs for location, size, shape, texture and blood supply. Unfortunately, ultrasound does not always give us a clear picture of how well the specific organ is working, this may be determined by other tests such as bloodwork or additional imaging.
We care about your pet as much as you do and want the ultrasound exam to be a positive experience for the both of you. Please feel free to ask us questions, we will do our best to provide you with the information you need.