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

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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 have been extremely happy with all the docs in this group. Would highly recommend."—Lisa K. Old Saybrook, CT

"Not a fault to be had! Wonderful & caring staff! Your pet will be well cared for!!"

"Care is always knowledgeable and administered with compassion."—Marilyn S. Clinton, CT

"Everyone at this practice genuinely cares for every animal they see. I would not take my cat any place else. They provide consistent service and are knowledgeable and professional."—Elle MP, Westbrook, CT

"Clinton Veterinary Hospital is always so great with Lilly. They always make sure that she is given the best care. The doctors are so courteous and the staff is amazing. I trust them completely with her!!"—Andrea G, Clinton, CT

"I got a same day appt when I called in the morning. Dr Price found the cause and discussed treatment options. By the next morning my cat was his old self. Great staff!"—Paula H.

"Leni loves visiting Dr. Price, and I am always happy knowing she is receiving the best care possible. Thank you!"—Courtney B., Deep River, CT

"I love Clinton vet ! And feel that I am getting The best possible care. They are knowledgeable and very kind kind to my two Pomeranians."—Laura E., Clinton CT

"We have been clients for many years-since 1978. Over that time we have had 3 cats and 6 dogs that we have taken to Clinton Veterinary. They have always been wonderful to our pets and us. Dr Price has continued the wonderful care to our current dogs, Ralph and Dodger. They have a great support staff also-very caring."—Anne C. Guilford, CT

"Dr. Santelli has been wonderful helping us decode Kohl's allergies since we adopted him last month. We have not had experience with the immunotherapy injections we chose to treat with and she has always welcomed questions and has great feedback."—Jessica B.

"I am very happy with CVH and I especially like Dr. Santelli. She is great with my dogs and understands the rules and regs on getting dogs overseas and back. She is super!"—Maureen G. Lyme, CT

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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-Guilford
Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine

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(860) 669-5721