Ultrasound Donation Boosts CT Humane Veterinary Care
When Josie’s blood work hinted at a liver condition, staff veterinarians at the Connecticut Humane Society knew an ultrasound was next. Normally, the Chihuahua mix would travel to an off-site veterinary office that had the machine.
But now, Josie can have her ultrasound scan performed at CHS. SOUND Imaging has donated an ultrasound machine to CHS that can be used for pets preparing for adoption, and for owned pets who are patients at CHS’ reduced-fee Fox Memorial Clinic.
“This is an amazingly generous donation,” said CHS Medical Director Dr. Mark Gold. “It gives us new capabilities for diagnostics, and adds another level of safety to our procedures. Staff veterinarians jumped at the chance to use it right away.”
The tool can be used to find foreign objects in a digestive tract (like a toy a pet shouldn’t have eaten), check if a pet is pregnant, guide veterinarians during internal procedures, and make other diagnoses. Often, many veterinary offices don’t have their own ultrasound machine and contract with a visiting ultrasonographer.
As pets with more and more complicated medical concerns continue entering CHS doors, the ultrasound will play a critical role in getting pets in need the care they require quickly and efficiently.
SOUND, a veterinary equipment and technology company, provided pro bono hands-on training as well.
“Partnership with our customers is the core of our business, and because of our customers’ decision to choose SOUND as their imaging partner, we are empowered to give back to incredible organizations such as the Connecticut Humane Society,” said Thomas Jacobi, president of SOUND.
Though CHS has never before had an ultrasound machine, staff veterinarians have some past experience using this type of tool. And with one CHS veterinarian previously assisting in training veterinary students on ultrasound, the team is well-poised to immediately put the generous donation to work in changing—and saving—pets’ lives.
About the Connecticut Humane Society
The Connecticut Humane Society is the leading resource in the state for companion animal welfare, enriching the lives of families and communities through adoption services, medical care, education, and prevention of cruelty. The Connecticut Humane Society is not affiliated with any national animal welfare groups, does not receive government funding, and does not euthanize for time, space, breed or age. To learn more about the Connecticut Humane Society, please visit www.cthumane.org.