Veterinary Clinic in Davie Announces New Ultrasound Diagnostic Capability
DPC Veterinary Hospital in Davie is happy to announce that we now have the ability to provide your pet with ultrasound diagnostic exams right here in the clinic. In the past we have had to refer cases to another hospital for the scans or wait for an opening in the schedule of an on call technician. However, DPC has invested in the latest veterinary ultrasound technology and can now conduct the exams in-house without delay. As always, the scans are read by a veterinary radiologist.
The addition of the new ultrasound means that the diagnostic process will be significantly accelerated and that our veterinarian will have the information s/he needs to treat your pet much faster. We've always been committed to providing the finest in veterinary care and the addition of the ultrasound technology is another example of that commitment.
Taking a Look Inside Your Four Legged Friend
Most people, and all mothers, are familiar with a sonogram. If you are wondering what the difference is between ultrasound and sonogram is the answer is "nothing." Ultrasound is the non-invasive, painless application of a cyclic sound pressure. A sonogram is the process that records the results of the ultrasound and creates a "picture." A common application in humans is to do an ultrasound scan of a mother-to-be to get a picture (sonogram) of the fetus to determine gender.
For the most part, the same benefits that ultrasound scans provide humans apply to animals as well. It's an easy, painless, low stress method to scan internal organs to assist in diagnosis.
In veterinary care an ultrasound scan can detect:
- Bladder stones
- Kidney stones
- Organ abnormalities
An ultrasound scan can assist in detecting a problem and then again to see if the problem has been completely corrected after treatment.
Pets that undergo an ultrasound should be made to fast for 24 hours before the scan. In preparation for the scan it may be necessary to shave a patch of skin to ensure a good contact with the ultrasound probe. It may also be necessary to give a mild sedative to some breeds so that they remain motionless while the scan is in process.
The ultrasound is an excellent diagnostic tool and we are delighted that we can now offer scans to our Davie area pet owners in a timely fashion.