Ultrasound for your Pet
Ultrasound helps Dr. Werber and the rest of the veterinarian team look inside your pet’s body to view his internal organs, such as his liver, kidneys, and heart. Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure, meaning we can see your dog or cat’s organs without surgery.
Your veterinarian may recommend an ultrasound if your pet has any of the following conditions:
Abnormal laboratory results
Vomiting or diarrhea lasting for a long time
Weight loss without a change in his eating habits
Change in his urinary habits
Fluid in chest or abdomen
To permit biopsy
If you have an older animal companion, we may suggest a baseline ultrasound test to use for comparison in future examinations. Ultrasound is also helpful for when your veterinarian is checking on the progress of a previous health problem in your pet or as a part of a health workup before surgery. Sometimes a veterinary surgeon will use ultrasound for guidance when taking a biopsy for laboratory testing.
Ultrasound tells your veterinarian a lot about an organ’s location, size, shape, texture and blood supply but it does not necessarily show the doctor how well a particular organ is working. Additionally, ultrasounds are capable of detecting masses but cannot help a veterinarian know whether the tumors are benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Further testing, including blood work or surgery, may be necessary.