Ultrasounds at Your Memphis, TN Veterinary Clinic
If your pet is exhibiting vomiting, pain or other distressing symptoms without an obvious cause, your vet at PetVax Complete Care Centers may need to determine if an ultrasound is warranted. The ultrasound process allows your Memphis, TN veterinarian to examine the internal organs and check for signs of a problem. Your vet will use the ultrasound findings and other test results to make an accurate diagnosis and create a treatment plan for your pet. Here’s what you need to know about this important topic.
Common Reasons for Pet Ultrasounds
The ultrasound is a great non-invasive tool for the diagnosis of complex medical disorders affecting your pet. The most common reasons for pet ultrasounds include:
- Appetite changes
- Fluid retention
- Presence of a mass
- Urinary tract issues
- Weight loss
Your vet may also utilize ultrasounds to confirm a diagnosis after reviewing abnormal x-ray or lab work results.
What to Expect During Your Pet’s Ultrasound
Before your vet starts the ultrasound process, a small portion of fur may need to be shaved away to create a good contact area for the wand. You are able to stay with your pet during the procedure to offer comfort and praise.
Most pets do not need to be sedated during the ultrasound unless your vet plans to take a biopsy for further testing. Anxious pets may also benefit from sedation. Most pets willingly lie down calmly during the test since it does not hurt in any way.
You will see images on the screen as the vet glides the wand across your pet’s body. You will usually receive results at that visit unless the condition requires further investigation. Your pet will be able to resume his or her normal activities after the ultrasound appointment.
Schedule a Visit with Your Veterinarian in Memphis, TN
If you would like to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian at PetVax Complete Care Centers, give us a call at 901-401-6230. Our team will help you keep your pet in excellent health through the years. We utilize high-tech diagnostic procedures, including ultrasounds, to make accurate diagnoses and follow our patients’ progress through the treatment process.