Committing to a regular veterinarian visit is good for your pet. It ensures they are in good shape throughout their lives. It will help your pet take advantage of the latest veterinary medicine advances in the last few years. The novel approaches should help your furry friend live longer at your side.
One of the latest veterinary medicine advances involves the use of ultrasound technology. It is a non-invasive technology for imaging and diagnostic procedures, enabling the vet to examine the organs of your pet pain-free.
What Is Ultrasound and How Does It Work?
Ultrasounds for humans and animals work the same way. The device produces sound waves that penetrate the bodies of humans and pets. They bounce back from the body structures as echoes. The ultrasound machine receives these echoes and converts them into images on a computer screen. The device allows the vet to observe the body structures that might be of concern.
Ultrasound exams are painless, so your pet can stay awake throughout the whole examination. The vet might have to shave off a bit of fur where the device will pass over. He does this so that the device touches the skin for the best results.
When Does My Pet Need an Ultrasound?
Ultrasounds are a common diagnostic tool for humans and animals. When you notice your pet showing unusual behavior or body changes, take them to the vet. If the reason for the change is unclear, the vet arranges for diagnostic tests. Here are some reasons why your pet might need an ultrasound.
Abnormal Lab Work
Blood work provides the vet a good overview of the functioning of your pet's organs. It provides information on infections, blood cell health, and organ functionality. If your pet's kidney or liver value is elevated, the vet might recommend an ultrasound for their midriff section.
The ultrasound will enable the vet to observe the liver and kidney. It will reveal the shape, size, and functioning of the kidney or liver for the vet to make a correct diagnosis.
Your Pet Was in an Accident
An accident with a car or a violent fight with another animal can expose your pet to internal bleeding. In emergencies, the vet might order what’s called a FAST ultrasound. This ultrasound will give the vet insight into free fluid, blood, or organ trauma. The vet may also check for heart complications with an ultrasound. Getting ahead of these conditions allows for a better response.
Your Pet Has Pain or a Lump
Ultrasounds are great for observing internal masses. They allow the vet to identify the exact size, shape, and location of any of these masses in your pet. This precise identification is necessary if the vet is to determine the next steps to take in treatment. If the vet finds any of the following, they can recommend an ultrasound:
- Inflammation in the abdomen area.
- Pain when touched.
- Lump in the abdomen or near an organ like the liver or kidney.
For more on why your pet might need an ultrasound, call Bergen County Veterinary Center at (201) 205-2500 to reach our office in Waldwick, New Jersey.