I hereby certify that I am the owner or an authorized agent of the owner and am over the age of eighteen.
Our goal is to provide a safe, stress-free experience for your pet while obtaining valuable diagnostics to develop an effective treatment plan. We will make sure their pet is comfortable during their stay and understand the stress of having them away from the family home for the day. To complete the ultrasound satisfactorily, please allow us to use our veterinary judgement and experience by consenting to the items below:
Example of Shaved Abdomen
To enhance the ability of Fitchburg Veterinary Hospital to diagnose an abnormality found during the ultrasound examination, an ultrasound guided fine needle aspirate (FNA) or tissue core biopsy may be performed. In these cases, an ultrasound is used to guide a small needle into a suspected area of abnormal tissue to obtain cells or tissue for submission to our outside laboratory for analysis. A small amount of bleeding is common with fine needle aspiration and/or biopsy, usually with no further consequences. Severe bleeding seldom occurs but can rarely lead to serious complications requiring intervention. Therefore, these procedures will only be performed if required for proper diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, additional laboratory testing may be required prior to aspiration. Some problems are easily diagnosed via fine needle aspiration, but others may not yield an answer via this technique. Your pet will be evaluated and monitored carefully by your veterinarian before, during, and after these procedures to minimize the risk of serious complications from occurring.
Although rarely the case, my pet may need to bese dated to obtain a satisfactory quality diagnostic examination or to perform fine needle aspiration. Sedation, in rare instances can cause side effects such as a low or abnormal heart rate or breathing pattern. My pet will be monitored carefully by the team at Fitchburg Veterinary Hospital to minimize the risk of these complications from occurring.
I acknowledge that I have read and understand the procedures and associated risks discussed above. Please initial below to indicate your consent: