Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time image of an animal’s body. This composite reveals important information about internal processes including the circulatory, skeletal and gastrointestinal systems.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasounds can help identify disease, blockages, skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage and other internal injuries.
An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen and gallbladder. An ultrasound of the heart, known as an echocardiogram, provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size and contractions.
Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds usually require some sedation because the patient must remain completely still. Society Hill Veterinary Hospital employs advanced imaging technologies operated by board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.
Just like people, pets are sometimes born with or develop heart disease. Effective treatment begins with early detection. Electrocardiology is a non-invasive, painless recording of the heart’s beating, and is a great tool for analyzing your pet’s cardiac health.
An electrocardiography device detects minute electrical changes on the surface of your pet’s skin caused by heartbeat movement. Small electrodes called leads are covered in conducting gel and gently placed on the skin. The leads monitor heartbeat activity and record irregularities if they are present. In addition to abnormalities, an ECG may also help to identify enlargement of the heart, a common finding with many heart diseases.
Echocardiogram for pets in Philadelphia, PA
ECG is a critical tool in the diagnosis and management of cardiac issues. If you have any questions about the procedure or want to schedule an ECG consultation for your pet, call us at (215) 627-5955.