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When Should a Dog Receive an Ultrasound

When Should a Dog Receive an Ultrasound from Your Glen Allen, VA Veterinarian?

Ultrasounds are diagnostic services using a device capable of delivering sound waves into your dog's body. These sound waves are radiation-free, safe and painless, providing detailed images of internal organs by "echoing" off structures inside your dog's body. By examining these ultrasound images, your Glen Allen veterinarian can develop a more accurate diagnosis of what may be causing your dog's symptoms. Ultrasounds are also useful for avoiding exploratory surgery and expediting recovery times of ill dogs.

Why Your Dog May Need an Ultrasound

Ultrasounds are necessary if your dog:

  • Has not responded to supportive care or prescription drugs for eliminating vomiting and diarrhea
  • Presents blood tests with abnormal results
  • Is steadily losing weight with no apparent cause or appetite changes
  • Suffers frequent bacterial or viral infections
  • Has fluid congestion in the chest and/or abdomen
  • May be having a problematic pregnancy
  • May be suffering liver, spleen, bladder, heart or kidney disease
  • Needs major surgery in the future

If your Glen Allen, VA vet finds a tumor or mass growing inside your dog's body, a blood test or biopsy may be ordered to determine if the tumor is benign or malignant. Additional imaging tests may be needed as well.

What Happens During a Pet Ultrasound Procedure?

Since sound waves travel better through the bare skin, your vet will shave fur away from areas to be scanned. After applying gel to the shaved area to make it easier for the ultrasound transducer to slide over bare skin, your vet begins the procedure by moving the scanner over areas of interest. Your dog will not be put to sleep. For dogs that are anxious, a mild sedative may be given prior to the procedure to help them relax.

Images sent for viewing on a monitor are real-time pictures that provide immediate information about dog's internal structures. If your vet detects anything suspicious, more tests may be ordered or your vet can give you a diagnosis at that time.

If your pet suffers symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weight loss, lethargy or seems to be in pain, it is important you schedule an appointment as soon as possible at Short Pump Animal Hospital. Call today at (804) 360-0100.

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