Ultrasound is a procedure used to diagnose and evaluate different internal health problems, including liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and more. Typically, an ultrasound will detect fluid buildup, cysts, tumors, and abscesses that indicate illness, injury, or disease. Additionally, veterinarians can use ultrasound to confirm and monitor a pet’s pregnancy. Ultrasound does not work in examining the lungs or bones.
Ultrasounds work by sending out high frequency sound waves. These sound waves bounce off your pet’s organs, thus creating a digital image. This image then allows veterinarians to examine and diagnose any issues that occur within the body. Ultrasound exams typically take between 15 and 30 minutes, and it is necessary for the fur on your pet’s abdomen to be shaved.