Sometimes, blood tests and x-rays do not give us enough information to tell you what is wrong with your cat or dog. At Cole Veterinary Hospital, we have a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine which we can use to further evaluate your pet’s internal organs.
An Ultrasound Examination Is Painless and Non-InvasiveAn ultrasound machine works by bouncing sound waves off different organs in the body, and using those returning sound waves to create a picture. Because it uses sound waves, ultrasound examinations do not expose your dogs or cats to any additional ionizing radiation like multiple series of x-rays can potentially do. An ultrasound examination is painless and non-invasive. If your pet is exhibiting pain or discomfort, we will often give a pain injection prior to the examination. Otherwise, most pets will lie on their backs on a cushioned trough in a darkened room. The exam itself usually takes less than one hour.
The Appropriate TreatmentThere are many uses of the ultrasound machine in a veterinary practice. Some common uses include:
- Evaluation of internal organs for tumors
- Evaluating the size and shape of the internal organs
- Evaluating peristalsis, or intestinal motility
- Evaluating the heart’s blood flow and muscle structure
- Obtaining samples for evaluation such as urine, abdominal fluid, or samples from tumors.
This information helps us to determine the appropriate treatment for your pet, or guides us in the process of referral.