The Animal Hospital Center and Mountain Mobile Vet discusses the importance of ultrasound in diagnosing your pet's diseases

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The Animal Hospital Center and Mountain Mobile Vet discusses the importance of ultrasound in diagnosing your pet's diseases

Here at the Vail Valley’s Veterinary Animal Hospital Center and Mountain Mobile Veterinary Services, we see many emergency veterinary cases which cannot be fully solved with the routine diagnostics we have had at our fingertips for so many years. Initally, when a pet arrives at our veterinary hospital, he/she receives a full physical examination, starting with a temperature, pulse and respiration and then a full palpation of the entire body of your pet, as well as teeth, eye, and ear check. Once we have established the physical state of your pet, we can then choose to perform laboratory analysis such as  fecal sampling, urinealysis, cytology (examine the cells of lumps under a microscope), Blood Chemistry analysis, as well as Complete blood Count and then we may move forward with radiographs of the chest and abdomen . But what if, after all these diagnostics, we still don’t have an answer as to what is wrong with our pet?One of the greatest new technologies in human and animal medicine is the use of ultrasound. So when is ultrasound helpful in the diagnosis of your pet and just what is it?

An ultrasound is invariably helpful for many reasons including:

1.     You have found a mass on xray but need to know, is it attached to another organ, is it operable, is it cancerous (in which case you can take samples of the cell thru an ultrasound guided aspirate)?

2.     You have noted an enlarged heart, or even fluid in the chest but the xray shows only the size of the heart and not the pathology within the chambers of the heart causing the problem.

3.     There is vomiting or diarrhea, with even weight loss, but nothing is showing up in the bloodwork or Xrays.

4.     There is fluid accumulation in the chest or the abdomen. With the assistance of an ultrasound, you can see thru the fluid to visualize the structures in the chest and determine the source of the fluid, as well as sample the fluid .

5.     In an emergency patient with moderate trauma ,and ultrasound may quickly assess damage to the soft tissues, especially when there is moderate blood loss to quickly establish the stability of the patient.

6.     Ultrasound can quickly assess the extent of soft tissue orthopedic injuries that xrays otherwise cannot find!

If you are interested in learning more about ultrasound, give us a call here at Mountain Mobile Vet And The Animal Hospital Center!

We look forward to seeing you!