Pet Ultrasound Examination

At Animal Emergency Hospital, we offer advanced ultrasound technology to diagnose potential illnesses in your pet.

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How our team uses pet ultrasound

Pet ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive, and effective way to diagnose various conditions and is widely used in veterinary medicine.

What are pet ultrasounds used for?

An ultrasound is a valuable tool in veterinary medicine, as it allows veterinarians to see inside the pet’s body without requiring invasive procedures. Ultrasounds employ high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the pet’s organs, including the heart, liver, kidneys, and bladder.

In addition to their diagnostic capabilities, pet ultrasounds are a valuable tool in monitoring the progress of certain conditions, such as pregnancy, or assessing the effectiveness of certain treatments, such as medications or surgeries.

Benefits of Pet Ultrasound

  • Ultrasound is non-invasive.
  • It can be quicker and more cost-effective than other diagnostic tests, such as X-rays or CT scans.
  • Results can be seen in real-time.

What to expect

Pet ultrasounds are typically performed by a veterinarian who has been trained and is experienced in using this tool. The veterinarian will place a transducer on the pet’s skin and apply a special gel to help the sound waves travel through the skin. The images produced by the ultrasound will be displayed on a screen, allowing the veterinarian to examine the pet’s internal organs in real-time.

Please note, we do not perform full abdominal ultrasounds or echocardiograms at Animal Emergency Hospital. We use AFAST, TFAST, and brief scans to obtain diagnostic information. If you have been recommended by your veterinarian to get an abdominal ultrasound, please contact an internal medicine specialist.

Pet Ultrasound FAQs


What is a pet ultrasound?

A pet ultrasound is a non-invasive and painless technology that allows us to see detailed images of your pet's organs, abdomen, and heart. Our hospital uses the high-quality images generated by your pet's ultrasound to monitor and diagnose their condition quickly and accurately. While ultrasound is only one of our team's diagnostic tools, it is often the tool of choice when looking for answers regarding your pet's condition.


How much does a pet ultrasound cost at the Animal Emergency Hospital?

At Animal Emergency Hospital, we understand that the cost of an ultrasound can be a concern for pet owners. Our billing staff carefully considers the complexity and duration of the procedure and other factors, such as any sedation that may be needed, to ensure your pet is comfortable. Rest assured that the cost you pay is based on our commitment to providing quality care at an affordable price.


Do they sedate pets for an ultrasound?

Generally, sedation is unnecessary for small, short procedures such as ultrasounds. However, sedation may be recommended if your pet is particularly anxious or uncooperative during the procedure. Our team of professionals will work with you to determine the best approach for your pet and ensure their safety.