18790 Middlebelt Rd

Livonia, MI 48152 US

(248) 615-7670

Open mobile navigation

Pet Ultrasound FAQs

Our Sheehy Animal Hospital in Livonia, MI Answers Pet Ultrasound FAQs

If one of our vets at Sheehy Animal Hospital in Livonia, MI recommends an ultrasound, it's for a good reason. In some instances, ultrasound could keep your pet from needing exploratory surgery. This imaging technique is the same technology humans use for seeing inside the body. But a few things make imaging with animals a different procedure.

Ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image of the organs inside the body. Sound waves pass through the tissue of varying densities at different speeds. The machine creates an image of the organs based on the speed of the sound waves when they bounce back. Only a trained expert can interpret the results of the ultrasound and what they mean for your pet's health.

dog getting ready for an ultrasound from his veterinarian

Does an Ultrasound Hurt My Pet?

This procedure is painless for your pet. The sound waves used are high pitched enough that even your dog won't hear them. Your pet will need its fur shaved or clipped before the procedure to allow for the acoustic gel to adhere to the skin, but this gel is harmless and should not pose a problem for your pet.

Why Would My Livonia Veterinarian Request an Ultrasound?

There are several reasons why you may have your Livonia veterinarian request an ultrasound. If your pet needs confirmation of a pregnancy, the vet may do an ultrasound. Other uses include investigating abdominal problems such as suspected liver issues or intestinal blockages.

What Happens During a Pet Ultrasound?

When your pet needs an ultrasound from your Livonia animal hospital, the vet will clip or shave the hair from the area examined. Next, she will coat the area in a special gel that improves the image from the ultrasound. The vet passes a wand over the area to create the image.

Does Having an Ultrasound Mean My Pet Won't Need Surgery?

While sometimes surgery can be avoided by using ultrasound imaging, the technique does not always eliminate the need for surgery. If you have any questions, ask your vet. Remember, that we won't recommend a procedure unless it's in your pet's best interest.

When Your Pet Needs an Ultrasound Contact Our Sheehy Animal Hospital in Livonia, MI!

If your vet has recommended an ultrasound, contact our Livonia animal hospital. If your pet needs a wellness exam, you can also get that here, too. Dr. Sheehy and her staff can't wait to see you and your pet. Call us at  (248) 615-7670 or make your appointment online.

Exclusive Offer

New clients receive $20 OFF first exam!

Office Hours

Monday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

Closed

Friday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Location

Testimonials

  • "I love this veterinary clinic. Dr. Sheehy and staff are all friendly and seem to take pride in their jobs. I enjoy taking my three rats there and would recommend them to everyone I know."
    Cheyenne H / Livonia, MI

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • Preparing for Your Kitten’s Developmental Milestones

    Need to hone in on your kitten knowledge? Check out the milestones your new pet will reach during its first year. ...

    Read More
  • What Is Ataxia in Dogs?

    Could balance or gait issues mean your dog has ataxia? ...

    Read More
  • Fish

    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

    Read More
  • Caring for Senior Cats

    Thanks to advancements in veterinary care, today’s cats can live well into their teen years. It is not uncommon for cats to live to be 18 or even older. However, in order for cats to live a long full life, they need proactive veterinary care to stay healthy. As cats age, they are at greater risk for ...

    Read More
  • Feline Stomatitis: Treatments

    Cats rarely display their pain, but cats with feline stomatitis are often the exception. If your cat appears to have mouth pain, is reluctant to eat, doesn't want to groom, is drooling, and doesn't want you to open its mouth, it may be suffering from this debilitating, degenerative oral condition, and ...

    Read More
  • Feline Leukemia Virus: What You Need to Know

    Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a virus that weakens your cat's immune system. Unfortunately, when the immune system does not function properly, your cat may be more likely to develop other diseases, such as cancer and blood disorders. How Cats Contract Feline Leukemia Cats get feline leukemia from other cats. ...

    Read More
  • Family Cats and Pregnant Women: Take Measures to Prevent Toxoplasmosis Infection

    Nothing must spoil the joys of becoming a new parent. Not even your pets. But family cats with normal, every day habits can pose a risk to expectant women. Women's immune systems can be disturbed by a parasite carried in fecal matter. If you're the primary caretaker of your family's feline friend it ...

    Read More
  • Create an Environment Your Cat Will Love

    The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery confirms that feline emotional wellbeing, behavior and physical health are a result of how comfortable they are in their environment. Understanding how our cats interact with their environment can help us create a space for owners and cats to mutually thrive ...

    Read More
  • Catnip: Why Cats Love It

    Few things stimulate a cat's pleasure faster than catnip. Exposure to this simple herb can reveal a new side to their feline personality. Many cats will go crazy at the smell of this plant. Catnip has a reputation of being a feline drug and many cat owners wonder if it is safe to give it to their pet. ...

    Read More
  • Zoonosis

    Zoonosis refers to diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals. In particular, they occur when an infected animal passes on bacteria, parasites, fungi or viruses to humans through scratches, saliva, feces and urine. Vectors (e.g., organisms like fleas and ticks) can also carry zoonotic diseases ...

    Read More

Newsletter Signup

Sign up for more articles