Veterinary Services

Pet Ultrasound

Discover peace of mind with pet ultrasound in Elko, NV, at Elko Veterinary Clinic. Detect health issues early with our non-invasive diagnostic service, ensuring your pet’s well-being.

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Expert Pet Ultrasound in Elko, NV

Much like detecting health problems in humans, it is rarely easy to identify a problem with your pet just by looking at them. In fact, it can be very difficult to tell that your pet is ill at all since animals have a natural tendency to try and mask signs of injury or sickness so that they don’t appear weak and vulnerable. This means that often, by the time a pet is diagnosed with an illness or injury, their condition has become worse than it might have been if it had been identified earlier.

Veterinarians need access to important diagnostic tools to make an accurate diagnosis for your pet. One of the most successful is a machine that performs an ultrasound scan. We are pleased to offer a comprehensive ultrasound diagnostic service at our veterinary clinic in Elko, NV.

What Is Ultrasound and What Is It Used For?

Ultrasound is a fairly well-known imaging technique that can be used to diagnose and manage certain health conditions. Many people think that ultrasound is purely used to detect and monitor pregnancy in humans and animals. While it can most certainly be used in this way, it is also a beneficial tool for detecting a wide variety of other illnesses and injuries.

The ultrasound procedure is a non-invasive process involving a small probe being placed against your pet’s skin and moved around to visualize the organs inside their body. It does this by transmitting invisible sound waves into their body, which are either absorbed, reflected, or simply pass through your pet’s body’s internal structures. The reflected ultrasound waves will return as echoes, which will be converted into an image displayed on the monitor for your veterinarian to assess.

Is Ultrasound Safe?

Understandably, many owners have reservations about using ultrasound technology. Rest assured that ultrasound is considered to be extremely safe, particularly compared to other forms of imaging, such as X-rays. For this reason, expert veterinarians across the country strongly advocate it.

What Problems Can Be Detected By Ultrasound?

Veterinary ultrasounds can be used to detect a whole plethora of different illnesses including, but not limited to:

  • Checking the overall size and position of internal organs
  • Identifying gallstones or sludge in the gallbladder
  • Unusual enlargement of the spleen
  • Cysts or abnormal growths in the liver, pancreas, and spleen
  • Detecting and monitoring pregnancy

If you think your pet would benefit from an ultrasound or have further questions about this important diagnostic tool, please don’t hesitate to contact our veterinary clinic, where our experienced and reassuring team will be delighted to assist you. Contact our clinic in Elko, NV, today to speak to us.