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Abdominal Pet Ultrasound in McKinney

Abdominal Pet Ultrasound in McKinney

Highlands-Eldorado Veterinary Hospital offers advanced, full-service veterinary ultrasound in the Collins County area to identify and manage a range of health conditions, including tumors, tears, blockages, and other internal health concerns that require evaluation beyond a physical exam. Vet ultrasound (also referred to as veterinary sonograms) produces a more detailed view of internal structures compared to traditional X-ray, allowing us to see and diagnose difficult-to-detect issues.

Dog Ultrasounds

Whether your furry friend is having tummy trouble or needs a routine pregnancy check-up, dog ultrasounds provide meaningful insights into your K9 companion’s health without causing them any major stress or discomfort. Our McKinney veterinarians are board-certified and trained in veterinary echography, ensuring that your dog receives quality, timely, specialized vet care when they need it most.

Cat Ultrasounds

As elusive as their affection can be, we always want to make sure our feline companions feel safe and secure. However, they don’t always make it obvious when something is wrong internally. An ultrasound for cats can quickly and painlessly assist in diagnosing health issues early on, allowing us to take prompt action to keep your pet healthy.

What Vet Ultrasounds are Used for

Vet ultrasounds are completely safe and noninvasive. During the procedure, a veterinary ultrasound technician will prepare your pet for imaging by rubbing a cooling gel on the area of interest for the procedure. Sometimes, this involves shaving excess fur from the area. Next, your vet moves a handheld probe across the skin to produce a real-time video of your pet’s internal structures. Conditions that can be diagnosed and monitored with a veterinary ultrasound include:


Expecting kittens or puppies is an exciting and nerve-wracking time. It’s important to monitor your pet’s health and fetal development regularly with a cat or dog pregnancy ultrasound. During an ultrasound, your veterinarian will identify the number of fetuses present, assess their size and position, and evaluate any risks the pregnancy may present.

Abdominal Issues

Symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and bloody urine could indicate abdominal issues that need to be diagnosed or ruled out with a veterinary ultrasound. Before an abdominal ultrasound, your pet may need to fast for 8 to 12 hours so the veterinarian can get a clear picture of the abdominal organs, including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and spleen.

Foreign Body Ingestions

Your pet’s curiosity may lead it to swallow something that could obstruct its intestinal tract, such as bones, sticks, rocks, food wrappers, and clothing. If your pet swallows something harmful, your vet may want to do an ultrasound to determine if it’s passable or if surgery is required to remove it.

Intestinal Disorders

If your primary care veterinarian suspects your pet may have an intestinal disorder, they may recommend an abdominal ultrasound to get a clear picture of your pet’s stomach, intestines, and anus. Intestinal disorders that may be identified or ruled out with a veterinary ultrasound include colitis, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and malabsorption.

Cancer/Abdominal Mass

A veterinary ultrasound can be used to identify cancer or an abdominal mass in your pet. The ultrasound examination allows the vet to visualize the size, shape, and location of any abnormal masses or tumors within the abdominal cavity and determine the best course of treatment.

Our Veterinary Ecography Experts

Dr. Wesley Taylor specializes in diagnostic pet care, including veterinary echography, to diagnose pregnancy, abdominal issues, foreign body ingestions, cancer, and other disorders. They have been trained in ultrasonography and have successfully diagnosed and treated countless conditions in dogs and cats using ultrasound technology.

Find a Veterinary Ultrasound Near Collin County, Texas

At Highlands-Eldorado Veterinary Hospital, we welcome both existing and new clients seeking care from a nearby veterinary ultrasound specialist. Keep expert pet care close to home by scheduling your next appointment at our specialized vet care clinic in McKinney, Texas.

In need of medical attention but can’t seem to get a timely appointment?

With flexible scheduling and convenient hours, we make it easy for you to get the care your pet needs when they need it most. Schedule online or call our hospital at 214-726-0838.
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