Ultrasound & Echocardiography: Non-Invasive Diagnostics

Veterinary Ultrasound & Echocardiography at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital

Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing pet health care options that are the least invasive and cause the least discomfort to your pet. Our investment in digital ultrasound and the continual training our doctors undergo are examples of that commitment.

What is digital ultrasound?

Ultrasounds use sound waves and the echoes they send back to generate a digital image of the internal organs and structures in a body. Just as with humans, veterinary ultrasound can be used to scan a pet non-invasively to check for a wide variety of conditions.

The ultrasound at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital can also be used to guide a procedure used to biopsy masses and thus avoid unnecessary and more invasive surgical procedures.

Because our ultrasound is also digital, it allows us to share images electronically with specialists for advanced consultation. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital maintains relationships with board-certified radiologists, surgeons, and specialists in veterinary internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, and many other fields.

What pet conditions benefit from ultrasound?

Because ultrasound allows our veterinarians to see in real-time the functioning and condition of a pet’s internal systems, many cases in which the diagnosis needs clarification can benefit from ultrasonic scanning. Where exploratory surgery was often used for diagnosing a pet’s condition, now we can spare the pet the stresses of surgery and oftentimes more accurately diagnose and begin life-saving treatments.

We have also found ultrasound to be invaluable in exotic pet diagnostics. Many species hide pain, injury, and illness, and the exotic pets tend to do so even more, making detection and treatment extremely challenging. Ultrasound is a tool that can help provide a clear diagnosis with the least stress to the pet.

If you believe your pet would benefit from ultrasonic scanning or if you have questions about ultrasound, please contact the helpful staff and veterinarians of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital.