Valley Emergency Pet Care

180 Fiou Lane, Ste. 101
Basalt, CO 81621


Ultrasound Services

We offer appointments for ultrasounds at VEPC with the help of two ultrasonographers.  An ultrasound is a non-invasive way to look at the architecture of internal organs and masses.  It helps to localize a problem and sometimes to get samples that will aid in a diagnosis.

An ultrasound can:

  • Help define kidney and bladder problems
  • Help determine the cause of liver disease
  • Identify the source of an abnormal mass in the abdomen or chest
  • Aid in the diagnosis of Cushing's Disease
  • Identify the cause of a heart murmur
  • Help to drain fluid from the chest or sac around the heart
  • Identify foreign objects in the stomach or intestine
  • Identify congenital defects in the chest or abdomen

Bring a copy of your pet's medical records and any x-rays from your veterinarian.  For abdominal ultrasounds, it is important that your pet have no food for approximately 12 hours before the ultrasound (water is okay).  An empty stomach allows us to look at the liver, stomach and pancreas.  For bladder issues, a moderately full bladder is needed - please do not let your pet urinate right before the appointment!

You are welcome to be present for your pet's ultrasound.  We will fax the ultrasound results to your veterinarian, and you will receive a copy of the report.  You may drop your pet off early and/or pick your pet up later than your scheduled appointment, if needed. 

Please call if you have questions or if you want to make an appointment for your pet.