Ultrasound

If your pet displays symptoms of illness or injury, an ultrasound might be in order to help our veterinarian diagnose and treat your pet’s condition.

What Is Ultrasound?

An ultrasound uses extremely high-pitched sound waves to produce a moving image of your pet’s internal structures. As the sound waves penetrate your pet, echoes are returned. These echoes are sorted out to create a visual picture. The ultrasonic sounds waves are so high that neither humans, nor pets can hear them.

When Is Ultrasound Useful?

We use ultrasound to view your pet’s internal structures, as they operate. An ultrasound is sometimes used in place of x-rays, as it produces a movie-like image of your pet’s soft tissues and bones. An ultrasound can be used to determine the cause of:
  • Abnormal blood work
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chronic infections
  • Change in urinary habits
  • Fluid in chest or abdomen
Ultrasounds can be used to evaluate and diagnose a variety of health concerns in pets, such as:
  • Circulatory problems
  • Irregularities of the musculoskeletal system
  • Heart disease and conditions
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Lumps, cysts, and potentially cancerous growths
Ultrasound can sometimes provide a final diagnosis. It’s also often used in conjunction with other diagnostic tests, such as blood work, biopsy, and urinalysis.

What to Expect During Your Pet's Appointment

An ultrasound is a non-invasive and painless procedure, which requires no anesthesia and usually zero sedation. To minimize your pet’s stress and help him or her stay still during the appointment, we usually ask that pet parents remain outside of the exam room.
As ultrasound waves do not travel well through fur, we’ll first shave a small area on your pet, at the ultrasound location, to ensure a high quality image is captured. After applying a thin layer of a special gel to your pet’s skin, our veterinarian will then move the ultrasound wand around on top of the gel, recording the image that is captured.

Diagnostics and Wellness Care with Ultrasound in Houston

At TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic, we use ultrasound to help diagnose sick pets, determine the extent of trauma in injured pets, and sometimes to evaluate a pet’s ongoing health as a part of a cat or dog’s wellness plan. If our veterinarian orders an ultrasound for your pet, we welcome you to contact our office for more information about ultrasound and additional diagnostic tests which might be required.