Ultrasound: An Ultra Effective Diagnostic Tool


Our Ultrasound Approach

If you ask Clinton Veterinary Hospital co-owner and veterinarian Lauren Price, VMD, what she’d do if she could only use one diagnostic tool, she’d say — without pause — ultrasound.

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A Progressive-Practice Approach

We take a progressive-practice approach with ultrasound, something Dr. Price gleaned from her accreditation work with the North American Veterinary Community. Progressive ultrasound means, essentially, that we use it for everything we can use it for.

Common reasons to ultrasound the heart (echocardiogram) are:

  • Heart murmurs
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Labored breathing
  • Structural defects from birth

Common reasons to ultrasound the abdominal area (internal medicine) are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer screening
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Bladder disease

The Diagnostic Effectiveness of Ultrasound

Ultrasound is well known for being able to assess the health of a fetus, but the technology’s waves can generate precise images of abdominal organs, too.

Because ultrasound images are produced in real time, this technology can be used to evaluate organ function in addition to structural defects. For instance, ultrasound makes it possible to detect abnormalities in blood flow through the heart and contractions of the heart muscle.

Diagnosing issues in the heart, liver, spleen, gallbladder, and kidneys becomes significantly more effective with ultrasound. It is also useful for diagnosing and determining the stage of some forms of cancer.

Please contact us today for an appointment if you notice your pet behaving oddly or struggling in some way. Our diagnostic approach will make you happy you did.

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“We just love Dr. Price! Her kind and calm demeanor immediately puts our Sophie at ease. She is a genuine “dog whisperer” and a valuable resource in maintaining our dog’s health.”

“Looking for the very best in veterinary care look no further; Clinton Veterinary Hospital offers the ultimate in veterinary expertise and a true love and compassion for every pet that comes through the door. They are a very caring group of people.”

“Have been going to the Clinton Veterinary Hospital for decades. Literally. They are knowledgeable, and treat you and your pet with respect and consideration.”

“I’ve been going to Clinton Vet for years now. Many cats have come and gone. Good times and bad. The staff there is so caring!!!!! Drs. The Best!!!!!!! Now, if only my own Dr. could be so caring!”

“I have been visiting the Clinton Veterinary Hospital for many years. I am happy to say that I’m always very happy. Dr Price is our vet and my husband and I are very happy with her. She takes the time and is patient with our pets. It means a lot to us. Thank you for being there for us.”

“For my little girl Jessie to be so excited when we arrive to go see the Doc or Tech is remarkable! Thank you for all your consideration and the pleasant atmosphere.”

“Dr Ciok is always friendly, helpful , knowledgeable and unhurried in the time he spends with us. We're very happy that he and Dr Price found CVH and stayed there.”

“Dr. Price and Dr. Ciok are wonderful Vets with broad knowledge, and genuine love and concern for our 2 cats. When both cats faced critical procedures and treatments they shared direct contact information should there be an urgent need.”

“In my 60 years of owning pets, I have never had such knowledgeable, up-to-date, compassionate, caring veterinarians. Our current four animals are receiving excellent care. I wouldn't go anywhere else!”

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Clinton Veterinary Hospital

  • Monday – Friday
    8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    (Appointments begin at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Saturday
    8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    (Appointments begin at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday

After Hours Emergencies

Clinton Veterinary Hospital sees emergencies Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. For emergencies during all other hours, please contact one of the facilities below:

Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine
Ocean State Veterinary Specialists
Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center

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(860) 669-5721