Ultrasound is a noninvasive form of imaging that allows a veterinarian to look inside your pet without surgery and with clearer results than traditional x-rays. Ultrasound also called sonogram, can be used on dogs and cats to diagnose a wide range of health problems, including physical abnormalities and organ diseases. Unlike other animal hospitals in the Valley that refer pet owners to specialists, El Dorado Animal Hospital has on-site ultrasound capabilities to diagnose and treat your pet as quickly as possible.
Compared to x-rays, ultrasound imaging allows your veterinarian to see the internal structure and condition of an internal organ as opposed to the basic outline. This is a major advantage as it allows your vet to see abnormalities with much greater precision and accuracy. Other benefits of ultrasound imaging for dogs and cats include:
There are many reasons why veterinarians may suggest an ultrasound for dogs and cats. Because ultrasound is a safe, noninvasive, and repeatable way to look inside your pet’s body, your vet may request an ultrasound exam for any of the following reasons:
Ultrasound imaging is useful for looking at soft or fluid-filled organs such as the liver, kidney, bladder, and heart. This test can help your veterinarian detect changes in the size, shape, tissue density, and internal structure of organs that may indicate an abnormality or the onset of disease. Your vet can also use ultrasound imaging to identify abdominal masses and tumors that may need to be surgically removed. Bloodwork or additional imaging may be required in some cases to help your vet make sense of the ultrasound scan results.
Like most veterinary services, the cost for dog and cat ultrasounds can vary from animal hospital to animal hospital. Prices can range from a couple hundred dollars or more depending on the area being scanned, the type of equipment used, the level of training of the doctor, and additional supplies and materials needed. Whatever the cost ends up being, if your vet feels strongly that an ultrasound is needed to diagnose pet, this is money well spent to ensure your dog or cat receives the right treatment. An ultrasound may even save you money in the long run by catching and treating health problems before they get any worse and require more invasive (and expensive) treatment.
If you’re concerned about your pet’s health, contact El Dorado Animal Hospital and make an appointment with one of our experienced and highly-trained veterinarians. An in-office examination will need to be performed to determine if ultrasound is the best method for diagnosing your pet’s ailment or abnormality. Rest assured, we’ll get to the bottom of whatever is causing your dog or cat pain and discomfort. That’s what veterinarians do, and that’s what El Dorado Animal Hospital promises.
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