A cat laying next to an ultrasound machine about to receive a veterinary ultrasound in Johnston, IA


Seeing under the skin–that’s what’s possible with ultrasound technology. Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time internal image of an animal’s body, giving us important information about the circulatory, skeletal and gastrointestinal systems.

What Veterinary Ultrasounds Can Diagnose

When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like X-rays, veterinary ultrasounds can help identify disease, blockages, skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage and other internal injuries in your pet. Because ultrasounds don’t require radiation, they’re also used to monitor pregnancies and fetal health in breeding pets. Our low-cost ultrasounds can be used to scan for pregnancy in your dog or other pet.

How Pet Ultrasounds Work

An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen and gallbladder. An echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size and contractions. Completely painless and non-invasive, veterinary ultrasounds usually require some sedation because the patient must remain completely still.

Veterinary Ultrasounds at Westfield Veterinary Hospital

Westfield Veterinary Hospital employs advanced imaging technologies operated by board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.

Schedule an Ultrasound for Your Pet in Johnston, IA

To schedule a consultation or to learn more about our veterinary ultrasound services, call us at (515) 986-5738 or schedule an appointment online.