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Mobile Pet Ultrasound 

Sometimes, diagnostic imaging like a veterinary ultrasound is required to diagnose your pet’s condition and provide the best medical care moving forward.

What is Pet Ultrasound Imaging?

Pet diagnostic imaging, such as ultrasound, can help your veterinary doctor or specialist to diagnose conditions like conditions of the GI tract and heart, bladder stones, and pregnancy that would otherwise be missed on a routine physical exam. An ultrasound machine uses sound waves to create images called sonograms.

Our Process

Based on location, most of our veterinary doctors can provide an AFAST exam. Pet ultrasound imaging is usually a pain-free process for your pet, but medications may be prescribed ahead of time to keep them calm during the process, and sometimes sedation may be required to keep your pet still and stress-free. Some images may require a consultation with a board-certified cardiologist or other specialist for interpretation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an ultrasound for pets?
Veterinary ultrasound is a safe and non-invasive imaging technique that helps veterinarians to examine your pet’s internal anatomy and diagnose certain health conditions. Based on your location, most of our mobile vets can provide an AFAST scan in the comfort of your home, where your pet is most relaxed and comfortable.
Why perform an ultrasound on my pet?
Ultrasound imaging allows us to take a closer look at your pet’s internal organs and systems and can help us determine whether your pet needs surgery. A small ultrasound unit can help our doctors get a sterile urine sample or look for fluid accumulation where it shouldn’t be. A larger ultrasound unit can non-invasively help us to identify problems with your pet’s GI tract, kidneys, liver, heart, and other soft tissue organs if you or your veterinarian have concerns.
How much does a pet ultrasound cost?
The cost of a pet ultrasound will vary depending on the veterinary practice you choose. To determine the cost of a mobile pet ultrasound with one of our veterinarians, simply visit our website or mobile app, enter your zip code and the service you would like to schedule (in this case, an ultrasound appointment) and you will be able to check whether the service is available in your area and review the total cost of the home visit prior to confirming.
Does pet insurance cover ultrasounds?
Depending on your pet insurance plan, some companies may cover the cost of a pet ultrasound as a diagnostic service.
Does pet hair interfere with ultrasounds?
Yes. In most cases, your pet’s fur will need to be shaved to perform an ultrasound examination. For the most accurate ultrasound exam, it is best to make direct contact with your pet’s skin.
How long does a pet ultrasound take?
Usually, a pet ultrasound takes approximately 30-60 minutes. Some pets will tolerate an ultrasound just fine with no sedation. However, others may need sedation to keep calm and still during the painless procedure.​​​
What is the difference between a PET scan and an ultrasound?
A positron emission tomography (or PET scan) works by using radiation to show activity within a pet’s body on a cellular level and is often used as a tool to diagnose cancer, neurological, and heart issues. A pet ultrasound works by using sound waves to create images.
Can a pet ultrasound detect parasites?
While a fecal exam or blood test is usually a very effective means of diagnosing worms, parasites, and heartworm in your pet, an ultrasound may show worms in the pancreas or liver.

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