Veterinarians use ultrasounds all of the time in their practice to help animals. These pet ultrasound machines use the same technology as ultrasound machines that are used on humans, making them just as effective.This article will discuss 3 reasons why your pet may need to receive an ultrasound.
They Are Pregnant
Just as a pregnant woman can benefit from multiple ultrasounds during pregnancy, a pregnant animal can as well. If you believe that your animal may be pregnant, then an ultrasound can confirm or deny this for you. The ultrasound can also let you know how far along your animal is, how many babies they have, and if anything looks abnormal at all in terms of the pregnancy. Throughout the pregnancy, an ultrasound may also be used if your vet believes that something is wrong with one or more of the babies, such as they aren't measuring as they should, your animal is struggling during delivery, etc.
They Have A Growth
If your pet has some type of growth on their body that the vet cannot recognize, then he may look at it with an ultrasound to see if he can better determine what it is made up of. The ultrasound works by sending sound waves through your animal's body and creating an image that shows the makeup of the growth. If your pet's vet thinks that the growth may be a tumor and could potentially be cancerous, then the next step will be to take a biopsy of the growth to be tested.
You Believe They Swallowed Something They Shouldn't Have
If your animal is acting sick to their stomach, this may be because they swallowed or ate something that they shouldn't have. In any case, a veterinary ultrasound will be able to show you what, if anything, is abnormal in your animal's stomach. For example, if your animal swallowed a toy, the toy will be seen on the ultrasound of your animal's abdominal area. The ultrasound will also allow the vet to see if the object swallowed will be able to pass though on its own, or if your animal will need surgery to have the object removed from their stomach. In some cases, this can even be life saving for your animal. Such as if your animal swallowed something that is incredibly dangerous, or if they swallowed something that would not successfully pass through their body on its own.