Emergency Ultrasound for Pets
Pets have just as many internal issues as humans do, sometimes even more. As living organisms, they operate with a complex set of biological organs, systems, glands, chemicals, and connections that create an amazing ability to function when things are working right. However, when something is off or a problem develops, just like us a pet can get sick or have difficulties. Internal pet medicine then gets involved to see what’s going on inside when the emergency isn’t visible on the surface. Jimmie Davis Animal Hospital in Bossier City often uses ultrasound as a tool to diagnose internal medical problems.
How Ultrasound Works in a Veterinary Setting
An ultrasound, more formally known in the medical world as ultrasonography, uses sound and echo recording to create an image of internal biological tissues. Unlike an x-ray, which only shows hard substances like bone, an ultrasound can produce a visual representation of the inside of a body, which is advantageous for looking at internal organs without surgery or invasive procedures.
For pets, ultrasound works very similarly to humans. The very first application of ultrasound on animals became popular when examining a canine patient for a pregnancy checkup. Since then, animal ultrasound application has expanded to heart examinations, internal organ exams, abdominal screens (common with dogs eating rocks for example), and the identification of internal cysts and tumors.
There are Limitations on What's Possible to See
Where ultrasound does not work generally involves a body part or tissue where there is air or an air pocket. That’s because the ultrasound sound wave has nothing to bounce off, failing then to produce an echo that the sensor picks up. The animal’s lungs, for example, would not be viable for an ultrasound exam. Nor would the skull or spine since bone blocks the ultrasound from seeing inside.
Veterinarians use what is known as B-mode ultrasound which provides a bright, two-dimensional image for review. Again, it’s ideal for abdominal systems, pregnancy, cardiac systems, and even the animal’s eye. During the procedure, the animal just needs to be kept calm. There is no need for any sedatives or injections; the animal feels no pain or sensation aside from the placement of the sensor. The one preparation that may be needed is a bit of a fur shaving of the area to be examined for a clean sensor application.
Local Ultrasound Expertise in Bossier City
Our animal hospital is fully equipped and has trained veterinary personnel to apply ultrasound exams to animals. Our team works with some of the latest technology to help diagnose the sources of medical problems in pets using internal views and visual examination. Not only does this approach avoid unnecessary invasive procedures when they are not needed, but it also applies advanced technology to help solve animal health problems more effectively. When you want effective, comprehensive, and compassionate care for your pet, Jimmie Davis Animal Hospital in Bossier City should be your top go-to provider of veterinary care. Call us today at (318) 742-5353 to book your appointment.