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Ultrasound and X-ray Services for Pets

Ultrasounds and X-rays can be useful when diagnosing health conditions in your furry companions. Both procedures are pain free and do not require surgery. At our hospital, we have specially trained staff in ultrasonography to perform ultrasounds.

What is an ultrasound in pets?

Ultrasounds in pets are no different from those performed in humans. Ultrasounds use sound waves to create an image of a body part. With ultrasounds, the tissue of an organ can be examined while in radiographs, the size and shape of an organ are evaluated.

What are ultrasound and X-rays used for in pets?

There are many reasons why your pet may need an ultrasound.

  • The first is for heart conditions, this is called an echocardiogram. Veterinarians use this ultrasound to determine if your pet needs medication.
  • Abnormalities in blood or urine tests. Any irregularities in the blood may be explained through abdominal ultrasounds as they create visualization of internal organs.
  • To examine soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, thyroid glands and fetal development.
  • To detect foreign objects. Ultrasounds are useful to locate foreign materials in the gastrointestinal tract. Cloth, paper, plants or thin plastic can be seen in ultrasounds.
  • How does ultrasound and X-ray work in my pet?

    During the procedure, the veterinarian applies gel to a particular area. A handheld wand, called a transducer, is moved across the area of interest. The transducer is attached to a computer. The transducer releases sound waves that echo and show the organs that it glides over.

    X-rays on the other hand use small amounts of radiation in pets. A safe amount of radiation passes through your pet and images of the organs are taken.

    How can I prepare my pet for an ultrasound or X-ray?

    Your pet should fast 8-12 hours before abdominal ultrasounds. It is not recommended that you shave your pet’s fur as our team will remove the hair from the area to be examined. That being said, shaving may not be required depending on the area to be examined. Some pets might be given a sedative to hold still.


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