Long Beach Animal Emergency offers pet ultrasound services as a non-invasive diagnostic tool. Ultrasound allows us to examine the internal organs of your pet without performing surgery. Ultrasound works by emitting high-frequency sound which then reacts with internal organs or tissues to create a computerized image of the structures being examined.
Pet Ultrasound Uses
Most people recognize ultrasound technology for its first use, which was for examining fetuses in the womb. However, due to its safety and efficacy, pet ultrasound is now used for many additional methods of diagnosis. This includes:
- Neck structures
- Reproductive organs
- Muscles and tendons
- Abdominal organs
We may recommend that your pet have both an ultrasound checkup and an X-ray in some cases, especially when it comes to abdominal organs. Abdominal pet ultrasound is one of the most common uses of the technology. It’s used to diagnose vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty urinating, and blood in the urine.
Long Beach Animal Emergency might recommend an ultrasound exam if we detect a health problem through another test, such as blood work or X-rays.
The Pet Ultrasound Exam
When we schedule an ultrasound for your pet, we may recommend that you withhold food from the animal for a set number of hours prior to the exam. This is particularly the case when we need to perform an abdominal ultrasound.
Pet ultrasound exams help us to look at the size, position, shape, and other features of internal organs and tissues. For an abdominal ultrasound, we can examine the liver, spleen, kidneys, prostate, ovaries, uterus, stomach, glands, and more. Neck ultrasounds can examine the thyroid and parathyroid glands. A lung ultrasound can detect masses or problems that impact the lungs.
An ultrasound exam can usually be completed in just 15 to 30 minutes. In rare cases, we might recommend sedation in order to perform an ultrasound on your pet.
Additional Things to Know About Pet Ultrasound
It’s not uncommon for our staff to need to shave an area on a pet’s abdomen or another part of the body before performing an ultrasound. A conductive gel is placed on the shaved area to do the exam. While the gel can sometimes be a bit chilly, there is nothing painful about an ultrasound exam.
If your pet is experiencing abdominal symptoms of any kind, contact our office in Long Beach to schedule an appointment. We may recommend a pet ultrasound to diagnose any potential issues.