Unfortunately, when pets are ill, they have no way to describe their symptoms, and it’s often difficult to reach an accurate diagnosis of a pet’s injury or illness with a physical examination alone. Thankfully, veterinary ultrasound is a highly useful tool for examining a pet’s physical condition and determining the underlying cause of an illness.
At South Meadow Animal Clinic, we’re proud to provide our patients with comprehensive diagnostics, including veterinary ultrasound.

What Is an Ultrasound?

An ultrasound (sonogram) is a moving image of the body’s internal structures produced by an ultrasound machine. If an x-ray is like a picture, then an ultrasound is like a movie.
An ultrasound machine uses a special wand that emits high-frequency sound waves and sends them through the patient’s body. As the sound waves bump into structures, they bounce back and are recorded by the machine. This data is then translated into a moving, real-time image of the internal structures of the patient’s body.

Why Does My Pet Need an Ultrasound?

Ultrasounds allow our veterinarian to view your pet’s internal organs, muscles, and other soft tissues without the need for exploratory surgery. Additionally, ultrasounds allow us to assess and evaluate your pet’s body as it functions. This includes watching your pet’s joints while your pet walks, evaluating the circulatory system as it pumps blood through the body, and more.
Our veterinarian might recommend an ultrasound in several situations.
If your pet has been scheduled for an ultrasound, we always welcome you to talk with our veterinarian about the purpose of the test and what to expect.

What to Expect During an Ultrasound Appointment

An ultrasound procedure is both non-invasive and pain-free. In fact, many pets become quite relaxed during an ultrasound and don’t require any sedation for the examination.
At the beginning of your pet’s appointment, we might shave a small patch of fur to ensure clean contact between the ultrasound wand and your pet’s skin. We will then squirt a small amount of gel on the targeted location and perform the ultrasound.

Veterinary Ultrasound at South Meadow Animal Clinic

We provide ultrasounds in-house. Our team is fully equipped to perform basic ultrasounds, and we work with a traveling veterinary radiologist who specializes in detailed ultrasonic imaging and advanced diagnostics for more complex cases.
To learn more about veterinary ultrasound or your pet’s ultrasound results, we welcome you to contact South Meadow Animal Clinic in Fort Worth today.