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We are proud to offer ultrasound exams as part of the diagnostic tools available to our patients.
For most pets an ultrasound is an easy procedure. We have padded mats for our patients to lie on during an ultrasound exam. Some very squiggly or anxious pets may need medication so they can relax. In most cases we must shave the area of the body that we are planning to ultrasound. This is necessary because hair decreases image quality, making it more difficult to get accurate results. Since food and gas get in the way of a good ultrasound exam of the abdomen, we ask that you not feed your pet for 12 hours prior to the exam. You do not have to restrict their water intake; it helps to have a nice full urinary bladder for the ultrasound. If it is at all possible, please prevent your pet from urinating for a few hours prior to their ultrasound.
Feel free to ask us about our ultrasound capabilities the next time you here! If you think your pet needs an ultrasound feel free to call and ask questions or schedule an exam with one of our doctors.
If you know your pet is prone to anxiety, please ask one of our doctors about medication you can give your pet at home orally prior to coming to the hospital.