Learn About Digital Ultrasounds with Hill Top Animal Hospital In Evans, GA
A digital ultrasound is used when your pet presents with symptoms that your Hill Top Animal Hospital veterinarians determine need further evaluation. Ultrasounds are non-invasive (do not require surgery) and can provide crucial information about the medical condition and/or health of your pet.
What Is An Ultrasound?
Ultrasound machines produce sound waves which are projected through the skin into the body of your pet. These sound waves are then reflected from the internal organs and other structures of the body to form images which can be viewed and printed. Common body areas where ultrasound imaging is used include the eyes, the abdomen and the heart.
What to Expect During Your Pet’s Ultrasound?
During your pet’s ultrasound examination at Hill Top Animal Hospital in Evans, GA, an ultrasound wand will be gently pressed over the area in question. Pictures will then appear on the ultrasound monitor. The entire ultrasound procedure usually takes from 15 to 30 minutes and your pet’s fur may need to be clipped within the small area examined.
Your pet may need to be sedated if it is very anxious before the exam, and some tests may require a full bladder. Other ultrasound tests require an empty stomach and so you should not feed your pet the evening before the ultrasound exam.
Should Your Pet Get An Ultrasound?
Ultrasound exams are usually used when your pet exhibits certain abnormal symptoms. These include:
- Decreased Appetite
- Weight Loss
- Unexplained fluid found on physical exam
- Masses found on physical exam
- Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea
- Abnormal blood work or X-rays
- A missing toy
- Difficulty or straining with urination
- Possibility that your pet is pregnant
What Can An Ultrasound Determine?
Ultrasounds can help find a diagnosis and determining if further testing is necessary. Some examples of the usefulness of ultrasound exams include:
- Determining the pregnancy status of your pet.
- Evaluating abdominal structures such as the liver, spleen and pancreas for masses or enlargement.
- Evaluating for an enlarged heart and/or abnormal blood flow and heart movements using cardiac ultrasound.
- Examining the eyes, adrenal glands, kidneys, ureters, uterus, bladder and prostate for abnormalities, enlargements and blockages.
- Determining if there is a need for surgery
- Determining if a biopsy of a lump or mass is necessary
Call Hill Top Animal Hospital Today
Whether it is routine, preventative or emergency care, our 2 Evans veterinarians, Dr. Ian Scholer DVM and Dr. Kristen Greene DVM, and our caring staff provide a full spectrum of veterinary services for your family pet. Call today for an appointment at 706-303-4571. Hill Top Animal Hospital is located at 505 Greenbrier Ave, Evans, GA 30809. We offer 10% off discounts to all Seniors, Veterans and Teachers.