Pet owners have dramatically stepped up their game in recent years. Recently, the American Pet Products Association (APPA) announce the pet industry generated over 60 billion dollars in sales annually. This included pet food, treats, supplies and equipment, over-the-counter medications and grooming products, toys, services like salons and kennel boarding, and veterinarian health care services. Many people treat their pets as though they are members of the family, so they spare no expense on their care and well-being, and that isn't likely to change. That includes the money they are willing to keep their pet healthy. The smart veterinarian clinic will keep this in mind as they decide what expenditures to invest into their businesses. One area to spend money on is advanced diagnostic equipment. The ultrasound, or sonogram, machine is what such item that will provide an excellent return on your investment. Affordable portable ultrasound machines can be purchased or leased to help build your business and your customer's peace of mind. Here are some of the advantages of ultrasound:
- If lab results show abnormal blood work, a veterinarian can perform an ultrasound to try to narrow the focus of where the problem might be. For example, if an animal who presents with unexplained weight loss without a change in diet and is suffering from chronic constipation and/or diarrhea, that may mean they have an obstructed bowel or other intestinal issue.
- Chronic infections and urinary tract issues are yet another area where your animal patients can benefit from the use of ultrasound technology. Rather than guessing if it's kidney stones or a bladder infection, ultrasound can quickly narrow it down and allow the patient to be on the road to health and wellness faster.
- An ultrasound can see the internal organs, like the intestines, heart, kidneys, and lungs. This allows the diagnostician to perform a thorough examination when potentially serious problems present themselves. For example, if a lump is felt during a routine examination, an ultrasound will enable the veterinarian to take a closer look at the mass. The shape, position, texture, and size can all be seen with an ultrasound. Blood vessels and supply can also be seen, which can help determine if it is likely to be malignant or benign. The ultrasound can also be used to help provide biopsy guidance. With as important as pets are to people, a portable ultrasound machine is a good investment for a veterinarian practice.