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
- Chronic infections
- Change in his urinary habits
- Cancer staging
- 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.