Spring Creek Animal Hospital Offers Digital Ultrasound for Pet Diagnostics
Veterinarians undergo rigorous training to diagnose health problems in their animal patients who can offer little information about how they are feeling. Technology has created many new devices to help vets detect issues deep within their patient’s bodies. Digital ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image of what’s going on inside an animal’s body. At Spring Creek Animal Hospital in San Antonio, TX, we offer ultrasound diagnostics to assist our quality veterinary care.
Understanding Digital Ultrasound
Sonography, or ultrasound, uses sound waves that bounce off internal organs and are translated into a digital image that can be viewed on a computer screen. This image alerts the veterinarian to variations in the size and shape of internal organs that could indicate injury or disease. Veterinarians receive extensive training in reading the digital images to discern any small changes that may suggest a problem. The image, along with other types of tests, provides a detailed picture of what’s going on inside your pet’s body.
Conditions Digital Ultrasound Can Help Detect
Most people are familiar with ultrasound images, because of their use in human pregnancy. Ultrasound is also used to monitor reproductive problems in animals, but it can do much more. Ultrasound can detect foreign objects in the intestinal tract or tumors deep within body tissues. It can also detect abnormalities in heart structures, blockages in the urinary tract, and problems in the joints and spine.
How Vets Use Digital Ultrasound for Diagnosis
When your San Antonio vet is presented with a veterinary problem that presents symptoms that could indicate dysfunction in an internal organ, an ultrasound test may be administered to provide more information. Your vet may have you restrict food before the test, or may shave your pet’s coat in a specific area in order to allow greater accuracy in the test. If your pet is anxious, sedation may be necessary to allow the vet to get a good image of the internal organs. Ultrasound is painless for the animal, and your pet will be able to resume normal activities after any sedative has worn off.
Make Spring Creek Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in San Antonio, TX
Dr. Blevins, Dr. Pacheco, and the team at Spring Creek Animal Hospital are all dedicated to providing quality veterinary care for their patients in San Antonio, TX and nearby communities. We offer a range of pet services, including wellness exams, vaccinations, preventative care, dental care, surgery, boarding, and emergency care. Call Spring Creek Animal Hospital today at 210-599-2131 for an appointment to have your pet examined and to learn how digital ultrasound helps your veterinarian care for your pet’s health needs.