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Digital Ultrasound

Digital Ultrasound At The Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola, FL

Occasionally, your pet may have an illness that necessitates the need for tests and diagnostics like a digital ultrasound. Ultrasounds help veterinarians by allowing them to scan a pet for soft tissue and bone abnormalities. If you have questions concerning the well-being of your pet or need information about an up and coming ultrasound, contact the Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola for more information.

dog getting digital ultrasound at vetWhat is a Digital Ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a form of medical imaging that uses sound waves to produce ultrasound images. This type of diagnostic test picks up abdominal diseases and other abnormalities that traditional X-rays can’t. When an ultrasound is performed, a high-frequency sound beam is projected into the body of your pet. This sound beam is undetectable by both humans and pets. Typically, ultrasounds are given alongside X-rays. If your pet is nervous or uncomfortable, sedation or anesthesia may be necessary to keep your pet calm during the procedure.

Reasons for Pet Ultrasounds

Digital ultrasounds are performed when your veterinarian needs to monitor real-time organ or activity in the blood. It can also help your vet evaluate any suspicious masses in the heart, chest or lungs. Just like in people, ultrasounds are excellent tools for monitoring a pet’s pregnancy. The veterinarian can detect how many young your pet is carrying and detect if there are any issues. For the heart, a special ultrasound called an echocardiogram is used to visualize the heart and blood vessels to detect a murmur or to see the condition on the valves. The procedure is non-invasive and quick. 

Preparing for an Ultrasound

Prior to having an ultrasound, your pet should not eat at least 12 hours before the procedure. Your pet should have access to plenty of fresh water up until the procedure. During the procedure, the presence of food in the stomach can often make it difficult to examine certain organs. Even the smallest amount of kibble can cause gas, which can block the ultrasound beam. You should also let your veterinarian know beforehand if your pet is on any medication or vitamins.

Shaving Your Pet

To achieve the best results during the ultrasound, a portion of your pet’s fur may be shaved, depending on the specific areas that are being studied.

Contact The Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola, FL Today!

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet's upcoming procedure, contact your veterinarian at the Brentwood Animal Hospital at 850-434-2646 for more information. We can answer any questions or concerns you might have and let you know what else to expect.