A dog ultrasound or cat ultrasound is a non-invasive way to view internal body structures using reflections of ultrasonic waves. These waves are reflected as “echoes” to the probe, and are converted into an image that is displayed on the monitor, giving a 2-dimensional “picture” of the tissues.
West Coast Animal Hospital has two state-of-the-art ultrasound units. We use these valuable tools everyday to evaluate abdominal organs, search for potential tumors or GI blockages, and collect sterile urine samples. In most cases, sedation is not required for ultrasound (unless biopsy samples need to be taken).
Your dog’s fur will likely need to be shaved in order to ensure the hand probe makes complete contact with the skin. Your pet will be placed on their back in a soft foam v-trough and gently restrained for the procedure.
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Our digital radiology machine is vital for our veterinarians to detect bone fractures, bladder stones, tumors, soft tissue problems (related to the heart, stomach, intestines, reproductive, and urinary systems) as well as many other conditions. Digital radiology units are the most cutting edge way to take x-rays and are far superior than traditional (film) methods. Dog radiology and cat radiology is one of our most important diagnostic tools. We also have the option for board-certified radiologists to evaluate our radiographs and give us their expert advice and reports within a few hours. During x-rays, depending on the area being evaluated, pets are usually laid on their side or back and are held in place by veterinary technicians, wearing protective lead aprons, thyroid shields, and gloves.