Veterinary Ultrasounds at Shippensburg Animal Hospital
Pain-Free Methods to Diagnose & Monitor Your Pet’s Health
At Shippensburg, Mount Rock, and Allen Road Animal Hospital, we use industry-leading ultrasound technology to assess your pet or farm animal’s internal organs, particularly those located in the abdomen such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, stomach, and intestinal tract. Because pregnancy is a huge factor of the success of dairy farms, we utilize ultrasound machines to detect pregnancies and monitor fetal progression.
The Benefits of Ultrasounds
While we do offer x-ray services through our radiology departments, the use of ultrasound technology is important because it allows our veterinarians to get a closer and more detailed look of your pet or farm animal’s internal organs. Much like an ultrasound performed on a human, when your pet or farm animal goes in for an ultrasound, we place a wand, called a transducer, on your pet or farm animal’s abdomen which transmits an image of its internal body to a monitor. Ultrasounds are beneficial because they’re a pain-free, radiation-free, and non-invasive way for our veterinarians to see a clear visual of your pet’s internal organs.
The Diagnostic & Detection Uses of Ultrasounds
In addition to confirming pet pregnancies and monitoring fetal growth, ultrasounds also assist veterinarians in a variety of diagnostic areas, such as:
- Detecting any tumors within the internal organs
- Evaluating cardiac function
- Evaluating the urinary tract to determine the source or cause of blood in the urine
- Evaluating the liver and kidney
- Evaluating the intestinal tract to determine the root cause of vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Examining the vessels for any abnormalities
While we are often able to perform an ultrasound without sedation, sometimes we need to sedate your pet or farm animal in order to keep them completely still for the duration of the ultrasound. This is to ensure that we get the clearest images possible. Our sedation practices are extremely safe, and a certified veterinary anesthetist is always in the room overseeing the procedure.
Providing Care to Animals of All Sizes
At Shippensburg Animal Hospital we have the unique ability to care for all of your fur babies, no matter their size. From the biggest horse to the smallest hamster and everything in between, we're ready to care for them.
A Long History In This Community
Founded in 1949, Shippensburg Animal Hospital has been serving our community's needs both big and small for nearly seven decades. When you have an animal in need come to a place with unmatched compassion and experience.
Three Convenient Locations
In order to take the best care of our community, Shippensburg Animal Hospital is proud to have three locations to serve you. We can be found in at our Shippensburg, Mount Rock, or Allen Road location. Click here to learn more.
“Dr. Hoover was very professional and comforting, and provided me with a wealth of information in case this occurs again in the fut ...”- Emily Dice
“We appreciate all your staff has done for all our pets.”- Jeanette Bitner & Jim Beichler
“I value the concern shown for my pet and people who know our pets are like family.”- Denylu Knox