The Benefits of Ultrasonography in Aging Pets

It is no surprise that advances in health care technology have resulted in an increased life expectancy for both humans and their furry companions. Although ultrasound technology has been around for more than half a century, recent improvements in the quality of images and equipment cost have allowed this technique to become a standard diagnostic instrument in veterinary care. The use of this equipment gives veterinary professionals a window into the abdominal cavity, heart and other soft tissues; something blood tests, radiographs, CT scans and other non-invasive procedures can’t provide.

Traditionally, ultrasonography has been used in veterinary medicine as a diagnostic tool to assess illness or suspected abnormalities. However, we at Worth Street Veterinary Center believe that the pet population can benefit from routine imaging screenings during their senior years as well. Since animals age faster than humans, your pet’s annual trip to the veterinarian is the equivalent to us visiting our primary physician every four to five years. As one can imagine, this is not always adequate, especially for pets in their golden years, who may need a more aggressive approach to their general healthcare.

As with humans, aging pre-disposes pets to a variety of ailments including kidney failure, gastrointestinal inflammation, liver and splenic cancers, and abnormalities of the adrenal glands, prostate and other vital organs. Early detection is a key factor in managing these diseases and we believe your pet’s life can be positively impacted and extended with a proactive annual screening. Ultrasonographic evaluations are safe, painless, non-invasive, and unlike other diagnostic tests, don’t subject your pet to ionizing radiation. Starting this year, we at Worth Street Veterinary Center will be giving our clients the option to add a routine ultrasound to their senior pet’s annual exam at a very affordable cost. To learn more about your senior pet’s healthcare, or if you are interested in taking advantage of this valuable technology, please call our office at 212-257-6900.

We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Dr. DiPolo and the Worth Street Veterinary Center Team

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