Ultrasound is a means of seeing what lies beneath the surface by sending sound waves into it and registering an image that corresponds to the way the waves bounce off the structures within it. It is very non-invasive and can be incredibly helpful in diagnosis of an internal problem.
No pain is felt during the procedure, however, discomfort from pressure may be experienced. In general, animals do not need to be anesthetized for an ultrasound, but sedatives are usually given to make your pet more comfortable. The ultrasound images are sent electronically to a veterinary radiologist that generates a report of the findings. We usually receive the results within 24 hours. Once we review the report, the findings will be discussed in a follow up appointment or with a telephone conversation.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a diagnostic test that records the electrical activity of your pet’s heart. It is a non-invasive test. The heart’s electrical activity is recorded by attaching small contact electrodes to the limbs and chest wall. We then send the results electronically to be reviewed by a board certified veterinary cardiologist. The ECG is a recommended test for all animals with abnormal heart sounds &/or rhythms and can be useful for identification of heart enlargement or drug effects on the heart.