Provide abdominal, thoracic, and muscuoloskeletal ultrasound for dogs, cats, and exotic pets. Provide ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration and biopsy.
What is an abdominal ultrasound?
An ultrasound, also known as ultrasonography or sonographic imaging, is one of the non-invasive imaging modalities that are used in veterinary medicine. The procedure provides images of the internal structures of the body by recording echoes of ultrasonic waves. This means, your vet can look inside your pet’s body without having to perform surgery. An abdominal ultrasound enables your vet to have a closer look at the organs in the abdominal cavity such as the liver, kidneys, stomach, spleen, pancreas, adrenal glands, intestines, bladder, uterus, ovaries, prostate, and lymph nodes. Keep reading to learn more!
When is an abdominal ultrasound used on dogs and cats?
An ultrasound is generally recommended when x-rays alone won’t provide enough information to help a vet arrive at a medical decision. Pets suffering from chronic vomiting or severe abdominal pain are best evaluated with an ultrasound. The procedure can also be used to help determine the specific location of abdominal masses. If blood work shows elevations in kidney and liver enzymes, an ultrasound can help continue looking for potential causes.
Depending on the results of the ultrasound, your vet may recommend additional diagnostics, such as exploratory surgery or endoscopy, to confirm an initial diagnosis and clarify ultrasound findings.
Why Your Vet Recommends an Abdominal Ultrasound
The most common reasons why your vet may want your pet to undergo an abdominal ultrasound include the following:
- Lack of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained chronic digestive upsets (vomiting, diarrhea, constipation)
- Fluid in the chest and abdomen
- Evaluate the urinary tract for abnormalities in the urine (including changes in urinary habits)
- Abnormal results of blood work or x-rays
- A mass detected during a physical exam
- Determine the organ where the mass is located
- Determine the extent of spread of disease
- To perform a biopsy
- Cancer staging
- Determine the cause for abdominal pain
- Examine blood vessels for abnormalities
- Pregnancy confirmation
- Pre-surgery procedure
- Chronic infections
- Loss of general condition
- Recheck for a previously diagnosed problem
- Elevated liver values
Providing service throughout Northwest Ohio: Perrysburg, Toledo, Maumee, Rossford, Sylvania, and surrounding areas.
Appointments are available upon request, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please call us at (419) 210-8110 to make an appointment.