An echocardiogram is a sonogram of the heart produced by measuring the reflection of ultrasound. That’s why it is sometimes called a cardiac veterinary ultrasound. The process uses standard ultrasound methods to produce images of the heart in two dimensions.

Echocardiography can be used to produce an accurate understanding of the speed of blood passing through cardiac tissue. That enables the doctors at Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals to assess the function of cardiac valves, and to detect any unusual passage of blood or signal between the left and right sides of the heart.