Hilton Animal Hospital uses modern ultrasound equipment to image the heart and abdominal organs. Dr. Julie Pearson performs in-house veterinary ultrasound exams on dogs and cats. She is accomplished at both abdominal ultrasounds and cardiac ultrasounds (echocardiogram). Dr. Pearson is a member of the International Veterinary Ultrasound Society (IVUSS).
Dr. Pearson has the ability to screen dogs and cats for Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Dilated Cardiomyopathy is more common in dogs and has recently been linked to certain grain-free or boutique dog food diets. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy occurs more commonly in cats and may go undetected for years. Both DCM and HCM can be diagnosed with a cardiac ultrasound.
At Hilton Animal Hospital we are fortunate to have a high quality GE Digital Ultrasound. With this unit we are able to capture images of excellent definition. Many times ultrasound can find lesions that an x-ray cannot. For challenging cases we are able to digitally connect to a network of board certified specialists in cardiology and internal medicine to help us interpret images and develop treatment plans.