At Friendship Hospital for Animals, our own Dr. Cat Cross has sought additional training in the modality of ultrasound. This allows us a rapid in-house option for the evaluation of the heart as well as the abdomen.
Pet ultrasound is a gentle, non-invasive procedure. Sedation is rarely needed but can be employed if the pet is nervous or painful. The pet's chest or abdomen will be partially shaved to allow for placement of the probe. They will lie on a padded table or "couch" while the ultrasound is performed and in many cases, we can facilitate owners watching the procedure if desired. Ultrasound gel is applied and the probe is moved over the area in question, allowing an in-depth view that can help us to diagnose things like heart valve disease, bladder or kidney stones, organ malformation, and cancer.
In an effort to continually provide the best care possible for your pets, Friendship Hospital for Animals recently purchased a newer state-of-the-art ultrasound machine. Dr. Cross also regularly attends continuing education courses to continually advance her ultrasound skills.