Efficient Pet Ultrasounds in Columbia & York

At Columbia Animal Hospital, we offer efficient ultrasonography to deliver the diagnostic answers you seek about your pet's health and well-being. We boast a caring and compassionate approach to animal wellness by providing insight into your furry friend's health condition using our precise technology. Our passionate team will work hard to ensure your pet is free from any underlying conditions that will hold them back from a healthy and joyful future.

Located in Columbia, we assist the precious cats and dogs living in our local community with our animal-loving values and advanced in-house technology. We provide accurate pet ultrasounds that will deliver valuable insight regarding your pet's pregnancy status and the function of their internal organs. Our team performs efficient and comprehensive pet exams that will treat your furry loved ones with the respect they deserve. Contact us and schedule an appointment today!


How Do Pet Ultrasound Exams Work?

Ultrasonography is a safe and non-invasive diagnostic service that directs a narrow beam of high-frequency sound waves into the area of interest. The sound waves are transmitted through the muscle tissues, producing a clear and live image of the structures within the body. Pet ultrasound services do not involve radiation, and our gentle team will work to keep them calm, putting minimal stress on your animal both mentally and physically.

Why Does My Pet Need an Ultrasound Exam?

Our focused team will view your cat or dog's internal organs to help determine if surgery, biopsy, or blood tests are necessary. We will look for any signs of tumors, cancers, blockages, tears, and other internal events. If your pet is pregnant, we can also view the health of the litter and the final count of infants you can expect at birth.

Our veterinarians are likely to recommend a pet ultrasound exam if your cat or dog is exhibiting the following symptoms:

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • A distended or tight stomach
  • Abnormal bloodwork
  • Abnormal amounts of fluid detected in the abdomen
  • Urogenital issues

What Are the Next Steps After a Pet Ultrasound?

Ultrasound technology provides our attentive team with a live window into the nuances of your pet's internal structures. The results are immediately rendered, with no wait time needed for observations. If we find something is wrong, we can act promptly, utilizing our advanced surgical services if needed.

Additionally, ultrasonography provides us with details regarding the puppies or kittens that are soon to be birthed. We use this exam to verify that the babies are healthy and the final phase of pregnancy is going smoothly and not in need of our assistance.

Pet Ultrasound FAQ

We know you're a caring pet parent, and our veterinary team is happy to address any questions or concerns you have regarding the process, materials we use, or steps moving forward. Some frequently asked questions regarding pet ultrasound exams include:

Does my pet need to fast before an ultrasound exam?

We recommend your pet does not eat the morning before the ultrasound examination, but water should be fine. Medium-to-large amounts of food in the stomach will limit what we can view in the abdomen, which is why we recommend a short fast beforehand.

Your pet does not require sedation services to undergo an ultrasound exam unless they show signs of distress that will disrupt the procedure. Our compassionate veterinarians have a seasoned bedside manner and recommend you sit by your pet's side during the examination so they can see a familiar face that will help to keep them calm and reassured.

In most situations, we will need to shave a small area to obtain the clearest results, as the sound waves can get muddled or reflected by hair. Our skilled and gentle team will carefully shave the area of interest and apply safe gel to help prevent air pockets from forming, which can also block sound waves.

Detailed Pet Ultrasounds in Columbia

At Columbia Animal Hospital, we are devoted to treating your pets like family. We offer efficient pet ultrasound exams to gain insight into the health, well-being, and pregnancy status of your beloved cats and dogs. Our trusted veterinary team is dedicated to providing accurate diagnostics to uncover the root of an issue or help to ensure your pet is going to deliver a healthy litter. We will leverage our skills and attention to detail regarding animal medicine, diagnoses, and surgery to help your pet enjoy a future of wagging tails and vibrant health.

We look forward to welcoming you and your adorable furry family members into our friendly veterinary center to provide effective pet ultrasounds in Columbia. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!



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