When our pets are sick or injured, they’re unfortunately not able to tell us where, how, or when something hurts. So, it’s up to pet owners and veterinarians to determine when something isn’t right. Once we know that there is a problem, we need to determine what exactly is wrong, so we can provide your pet with effective treatment. This is called a diagnosis, and making an accurate diagnosis based on observation alone can be extremely difficult because different medical concerns can cause very similar symptoms. Diagnostic testing, such as an ultrasound exam, allows our veterinarians to examine all parts of your pet in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and provide safe, effective treatment that will help your pet feel better right away.

What Is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a type of diagnostic test that uses sound waves to create a moving, real-time image of your pet’s internal structures (bones, organs, and other soft tissues). The image produced by an ultrasound is called a sonogram.
Using ultrasound, a veterinary specialist can view your pet’s functioning organs and circulatory system to evaluate their operation. Ultrasound can also be used to look for possible problems inside bones and joints, as your pet moves. With ultrasound, veterinarians can detect abnormalities with the internal form and function of your pet’s body. Plus, it can be used to detect tumors, growths, and cysts or to locate an ingested foreign object without the need for invasive exploratory surgery.

What to Expect During an Ultrasound Appointment for Your Pet

Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive, and pain-free. As a result, pets typically do not require any level of sedation for ultrasound appointments. Upon arrival, our veterinary specialist will apply a special gel to the portion of your pet’s skin above the internal location that will be imaged. Our veterinarian will then gently move the sonography wand over the targeted area of your pet to produce a diagnostic sonogram of your pet’s internal structures.

Non-Invasive Diagnosis with Ultrasound at Animal Wellness Center

If your pet is displaying signs of illness or injury, a veterinarian at Animal Wellness Center might discuss using diagnostic ultrasound in order to more effectively treat your pet and improve his or her condition. For more information about ultrasound or other diagnostic tools we use at Animal Wellness Center’s five Wisconsin locations, we welcome you to contact any of our offices today.