It breaks our heart when one of our beloved pets shows signs of discomfort and distress. Maybe he isn’t eating, maybe she doesn’t want her tummy touched, or maybe he doesn’t want to play with his favorite toy. If x-rays, lab work and examination don’t give a clear indication of the cause, an ultrasound may be the key to getting a diagnosis and proper treatment. Your favorite Richardson veterinarians at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital offer ultrasound for this very reason.
What Is an Ultrasound for Pets?
An ultrasound is a form of imaging that uses sound waves. It enables the veterinarians, specialists or imaging technicians to get a picture of what is going on inside your pet without surgery. It is painless and non-invasive. Ultrasound can be used to diagnose concerns in the organs of the abdominal and thoracic regions and reproductive systems. As in humans, ultrasounds are also used in pets to monitor pregnancies.
The cost of an ultrasound will vary among veterinarians. If your family veterinarians have the proper equipment in house, you may be charged a little less than if you are sent to a specialist. Some veterinarians specialize in imaging, and some imaging technicians are cross-trained on both human and animal imaging. These specialists may charge more due to both their experience and expertise, and the increased function and technology of their imaging equipment. It’s okay to ask your Richardson veterinarians at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital questions about cost and if the nature of the ultrasound requires more specialized, higher performance equipment. For example, pregnancy ultrasounds seeking more basic information may not need the same intensity of an ultrasound looking for minute changes in a liver or adrenal gland.
Other questions to ask veterinarians when an ultrasound is recommended are:
- Do you have specialized training in ultrasound techniques?
- What type of equipment do you use? Is it powerful enough for this situation?
- Is a board-certified specialist reviewing the results?
What Can You Expect on the Day of Your Ultrasound Appointment?
It is best not to feed your pet for 12 hours before the ultrasound, but continue to make fresh water available. Veterinarians will have the greatest chance of getting the best view and information from the ultrasound when the animal’s bladder is full. Also, it may be necessary to shave part of the patient’s fur. Whether or not your pet will need sedation depends on their level of nervousness. Anesthesia may be required if the ultrasound procedure will also include a biopsy. Some offices may let you stay with your pet during the ultrasound; others may require that you not be in the procedure room.
The results of the ultrasound will enable the Richardson veterinarians at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital to recommend a course of treatment. It gives useful information for: diagnosing if surgery is needed, determining if more biopsies and/or lab work is needed or gaining helpful knowledge for an upcoming, necessary surgery.
Ultrasound for your pets is a valuable tool. It can prevent exploratory surgeries, and help the Richardson veterinarians at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital diagnose potential health problems quickly and accurately—including if surgery is needed immediately. The expense, even though it can be high, can save money in the long run by limiting unneeded surgeries and tests.
Schedule an Appointment with the Top Richardson Veterinarians
You can trust that Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital has the best interest in mind for your beloved pet. Whether your animal will benefit from an ultrasound or other diagnostic procedure, you can be confident that we will recommend the best course of treatment for your pet. Call the office at 972-690-6900 to make an appointment to have your pet cared for by the best Richardson veterinarians.
Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital serves the northeast Dallas suburban area including Richardson, Garland, Plano, Murphy, Wylie and Mesquite.
This information is not a substitute for professional veterinary medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding an animal’s medical condition, always seek the advice of your veterinarian.