Ultrasound is a minimally invasive technology that gives us a great deal of information quickly and safely without the need for surgery. It often helps us diagnose problems your dog or cat has and often prevents the need for exploratory surgery to make a diagnosis.
At Sunnycrest Animal Care Center, we recommend ultrasound when we have:
- unexplained abnormal laboratory tests
- unresolved health issues
- distended or fluid-filled abdomens
- heart murmurs or enlarged hearts seen on X-rays
- exercise intolerance or weakness
- enlarged abdominal organs
- fluid in the chest cavity
- difficult or painful urination
- chronic vomiting or diarrhea
- unexplained weight loss, poor appetite or refusal to eat
- vaginal discharge
- abdominal discomfort
Dr. Ann Reed, one of our visiting ultrasound doctors is a 1991 graduate of Kansas State University. She completed her veterinary radiology residency in 1995 at the University of Missouri and has over 25 years of experience doing ultrasound studies and other specialized procedures. She is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and a former professor at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. We are fortunate to have her expertise in our hospital for ultrasound examinations, radiology consultations and internal medicine consultations.
Dr. Fred Brewer, our other visiting ultrasound doctor is a board certified (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) veterinary cardiologist. Dr. Brewer received his veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2009. This was followed by an internship with Dr. Stephen Ettinger and a 3-year Cardiology residency at Cornell University, where he was trained to perform minimally invasive interventional procedures such as pacemakers, balloon valvuloplasties, and PDA occlusions.