Diagnostic Services for Pets
The standard wellness exam is a great way to detect potential health problems. While physical exams allow us to assess your pet from the outside, sometimes other measures need to be taken to ensure an accurate diagnosis. That’s why we use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools such as pet ultrasound and echocardiography to help us understand what’s happening inside your pet, and locate potential problem areas. We are pleased to offer these services to our clients.
Pet Ultrasound Services in West Knoxville
The purpose of an ultrasound exam is to allow us to examine the inside of your pet’s body without making any kind of incision. Ultrasounds are safe, non-invasive, and without side effects, which makes them an excellent diagnostic tool.
The ultrasound machine works by sending high-frequency sound waves into your pet’s body. The machine then listens for echoes that bounce off the internal organs, which generates an image in real time.
In human medicine, ultrasounds are most often associated with pregnancy. Because ultrasound exams are so safe, they’ve become a useful tool for a variety of scenarios in veterinary medicine. For example, we may recommend a pet ultrasound exam to:
- Diagnose a condition after abnormal results from bloodwork
- Detect disease
- Identify a foreign object in your pet’s body
- Measure the progression of a tumor or growth
- Evaluate the size, shape, position, and condition of internal organs
- Find the cause of repeated vomiting or diarrhea
- Create a baseline ultrasound for future examinations
- Locate the cause of sudden weight loss
- Recheck on a previous problem
One very specific way that we use ultrasound technology is with the echocardiograms. An echocardiogram, which is often referred to as an “echo,” is an ultrasound of the heart. Using an echocardiogram allows our vets to thoroughly assess the condition of your pet’s heart. More specifically, they can examine the heart valves, blood flow patterns, the size of the heart’s chambers, and the thickness of the walls. This information can provide us with a greater understanding of the overall health of your pet’s heart.