Ultrasound is a very useful diagnostic procedure. Ultrasound allows veterinarians a glimpse of how the internal organs of a cat are functioning. Ultrasound can detect abnormalities in a cat’s bladder, kidneys, liver, pancreas, stomach, intestines and even lymphnodes.
Ultrasound images are the result of high-frequency sound waves aimed at a specific portion of the body. The waves travel through that portion of the body, recording images of it and its activity.
Ultrasound for cats is a safe procedure because it is non-invasive but as with any medical procedure, some preparation may be necessary. For example, an abdominal ultrasound may require fasting for 12-24 hours.
Some cats may need sedation for the procedure because it requires them to lie on their back for an extended period of time. This does not hurt the cat, it’s just something that they are not used to doing for a long period of time. An ultrasound can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
An ultrasound is often used when a cat suffers from unexplained weight loss, vomiting, kidney, liver or gastrointestinal diseases and bladder problems.
The prices below are approximate.
- Full abdominal ultrasound cost is $300 – $500. *
- Echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) cost is $300 – $500.*
*Prices above include a consultation fee from a board certified specialist.
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