Changing Patient Paws
Have you seen the shift in your practice? Vets are seeing a lot more cats than dogs lately. For many years dogs were the more popular pet, until now. In the past few years, cats have been the most popular pet in the nation.
- Cats tend to have a longer lifespan than dogs, which is sometimes a consideration when searching for a lifelong furry companion.
- Cats are more independent than dogs, which allows them to be left alone easier. This fact coupled with pet owners busy lives make cats more practical for the majority of households.
- Dogs often tend to be more expensive to care for than cats. Expenses such as: food, toys, training, daycare, and vet bills can be more for a dog.
A Successful Shift
Many veterinarians are changing their quality of care for cats, since cats do not have the same care as dogs. A cat ultrasound is the second most common type of diagnostic imaging tool veterinarians use to diagnose a cat's medical condition.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to be able to see inside organs and to evaluate their size, shape, and texture. An ultrasound image of the texture and measurement calculations of the organs can help diagnose diseases. Feline abdominal ultrasound allows the doctor to look for the presence of masses that may indicate cancer; free fluid in the abdomen; and to see inside the bladder to look for bladder stones.
An abdominal ultrasound exam is used to evaluate cats that come in with abdominal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or urinating issues. Ultrasound imaging can also be helpful in cases of unexplained fever, loss of appetite or weight loss. As with humans, an abdominal ultrasound exam is often needed if an x-ray, blood tests, or physical examination indicate a problem with an abdominal organ such as the liver, kidneys, or pancreas.
Updating with an Ultrasound Machine
If you are yet to get a pet ultrasound machine in your practice, prices and options make it a wise choice. KeeboVet can help you find an ultrasound machine to fit your needs and budget. Choose an ultrasound from our selection online, and be ready for the cat owners that will be arriving at your practice!