Ultrasound allows the vet to examine the internal organs of your pet in a painless manner with no known side effects. It can be used to uncover structural damage, deformities, or abnormalities to the heart, liver, stomach, kidneys, and other major bodily organs. Ultrasound can also capture real-time movements of the organs, so functional abnormalities can also be found.
During an ultrasound, high-frequency sound waves are pulsed into your pet’s body. They do not feel this and it does not cause any discomfort. The sound waves travel until they reach body tissue and are then relayed back to the device. The machine uses calculations based on the distance traveled to produce the ultrasound image. Many people relate ultrasounds to pregnancy exams to show the baby inside the mother, but it has many other uses.
Ultrasound technology can help to catch diseases and other health problems at the early stages. This is important in helping your pet fight any diseases they may be afflicted with before the problem becomes serious. If your pet is sick bring them to see us and, if necessary, we will perform an ultrasound to help diagnose the problem.
Dr. Laura Weber
Has practiced general medicine in the Mid-Michigan area for over 10 years. In the fall of 2014, she became certified in diagnostic ultrasound through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Executive Veterinary Program.
The Executive Veterinary Program is a two-year curriculum that trains veterinarians to the highest possible level in diagnostic ultrasound using didactic and hands-on laboratory settings. Board-certified radiologists and cardiologists oversee the curriculum which includes the ability to perform an echocardiogram and an abdominal ultrasound accurately in a timed laboratory setting.
Since completing her certification, Dr. Weber has been providing in-clinic diagnostic imaging to over 40 veterinary practices as well as multiple zoos and aquariums.
Dr. Weber is also a member of the International Veterinary Ultrasound Society, giving her access to specialists worldwide as well as the latest research and protocols in veterinary diagnostic imaging.