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What You Need to Know about Pet Ultrasounds

Ultrasound is an imaging examination that makes internal organs visible using high-frequency sound waves. Ultrasounds aid veterinarians in determining what is going on in your pet's inside organs and identify potential issues.

Has your pet been scheduled for an ultrasound? Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic is an animal hospital located in McMurray. We have state of the art, scanning systems that will provide real-time images to get more information on what is happening inside your pet. The first thing to deal with something is to know what it is. If your pet is suffering from any illness, it will be easy to treat it after the right diagnosis.


Veterinarians Recommend Ultrasounds

Ultrasound provides a safe and easy way to determine medical problems in the internal organs of pets.

If your pet has the following conditions, a vet may recommend an ultrasound.

  • Heart condition
  • Abnormal blood test results
  • Pregnancy confirmation
  • Rechecking a previous medical condition
  • Abnormal urine test results
  • Appetite loss
  • Weight loss
  • Unexplained diarrhea or vomiting

Ultrasound allows the vet to investigate internal organs. If they do not come up with definite findings, they might recommend other imaging methods to give the right diagnosis.

Do Ultrasounds Emit Radiation?

As a pet owner, you may have concerns about the procedures your pet will go through in an animal hospital. Ultrasound is non-invasive and does not emit any form of radiation, unlike other imaging methods such as X-ray since it uses sound waves. Neither you nor your pet will be exposed to harmful rays.  

What to Expect During an Ultrasound

Before performing an ultrasound, veterinarians will shave the dog's fur. This is to facilitate close contact with the ultrasound equipment and the skin. Your pet will be lying on its back, and the process takes around 30 minutes. The vet then passes a wand on the shaved area, applying minimal pressure. If your pet is the aggressive type, the animal doctor may recommend sedation, but they don't need it if they relax.

You can choose to remain in the room or not. The process is not painful but might cause some discomfort.

Ultrasound Results

Results of ultrasound are known immediately since it is a real-time procedure. The vet may send the results to a radiologist for more consultation. In such a case, you will get results after some days.

Get Pet Ultrasounds at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic

Ultrasounds help in identifying illnesses in your dog to come up with a treatment plan. They are safe and will not cause any health problems.

Visit Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray for an ultrasound. We have advanced equipment to assess your pet and come up with the right diagnosis. Please contact us at (724) 941-5484 if you have any questions regarding our services and appointment booking.