All Creatures Animal Hospital Offers Ultrasound Diagnostics

New technologies used in human medicine often make their way into the practice of veterinary medicine. Ultrasound technology, which is often used to monitor pregnancies and births, can be used for many other purposes, including veterinary care. Ultrasound diagnostics has become a boon for veterinarians in diagnosing illness and injury in animals. At All Creatures Animal Hospital in Granbury, TX, we use ultrasound technology to help provide superior care for pets.

Understanding Ultrasound Technology

Ultrasound uses sound waves that bounce off body tissues to create an echo. This echo is then transmitted into a digital form that creates an image on a computer screen. These images can show abnormalities in size and shape that could indicate an illness or injury in the area. Ultrasounds allow a look inside the body without the need for invasive procedures. Ultrasounds have become a highly useful tool for veterinarians in caring for animals.

Conditions Ultrasounds Can Detect

Just like with humans, ultrasound testing can monitor the progress of pregnancy in an animal, count the number of puppies or kittens in a litter, and ensure that the birthing process is progressing normally. We also use ultrasounds to find obstructions in the gastrointestinal tract from ingested items. This technology can show abnormalities in the joints from arthritis or injury. They can show enlargement of the heart, kidneys, and liver that indicate disease. They can also show stones in the bladder or kidneys. At our animal hospital, we often use ultrasound testing to detect the presence and monitor the extent of cancer in a pet’s body.

How Are Ultrasounds Performed?

Ultrasound testing is painless for the animal and typically does not require a sedative. The pet lies on an examining table in a comfortable position to allow proper access to the affected area. Your pet may be shaved in the affected area in order to do the test correctly. Our vet then passes a hand-held device over the area, which then registers an image on a computer screen. This image is then carefully analyzed for any abnormalities. There are no side effects for the animal. After testing, your pet can continue normal activities.

Contact Our Animal Hospital for Quality Vet Care in Granbury, TX

Dr. Esposito and our team at All Creatures Animal Hospital are committed to providing the quality veterinary care pets need to live long and healthy lives. We provide various services, including veterinary exams, dental care, parasite prevention, surgery, and more. Call us at (817) 326-6262 to schedule an appointment to have your pet examined or to learn more about how our ultrasound diagnostics can benefit your animal.