What is ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your dog’s body. An ultrasound allows us to see problems with organs, vessels, and tissues without needing to make an incision. Ultrasound has no known side effects.

Our Patient Care Team Leader, Lacie, performing an ultrasound exam.

How do you utilize telemedicine?

We utilize the latest advancements in telemedicine to make sure you are getting the most accurate and thorough results.

A trained veterinary sonographer is able to remote in to our ultrasound system to provide support to assure us we have obtained proper images and measurements.

Once we’ve obtained the images and measurements, we will then send them to a veterinary radiologist for interpretation. From there, we will contact you to inform you of any diagnosis and necessary follow-up care.

When can we expect results?

When the ultrasound exam is completed, we will submit the images and a patient history to a veterinary radiologist for interpretation. Oftentimes, we will have the interpretation back the same day, but usually no more than 24 hours after the exam.

When is an ultrasound exam indicated?

When blood tests, x-rays, or physical examination indicate a problem but cannot confirm a diagnosis, an ultrasound exam may be the next step. It will help us get a better understanding of what is going on inside your dog’s body.

Will my dog need to be anesthetized?

Most of the time, general anesthesia is not necessary for an ultrasound exam. However, we will lightly sedate the patient, so she is able to relax and calmly be examined.

Will you have to shave my dog’s fur?

Yes. The ultrasound probes must have direct contact with the skin in order to obtain proper images. We will shave only the amount of fur necessary to complete a thorough ultrasound exam.