What is Ultrasound?
An ultrasound examination is when soundwaves emitted from a probe placed against the skin pass through into the body and bounce back to the probe, forming an image on a computer screen.
The animal can have an ultrasound exam without being anaesthetised, although it may need mild sedation. The procedure is safe and non invasive, though the animal does have to have its fur clipped.
We perform most ultrasound scans in-house, although sometimes an animal may need to be referred.
Why Ultrasound My Pet?
Ultrasound is particularly useful for getting more information about the abdomen organs, the heart, and for diagnosing pregnancy.
Ultrasound enables us to see the internal organs more easily and diagnose things like tumours and heart problems.
In pregnancy diagnosis we are able to see the approximate number of foetuses and check if they are alive.
Ultrasound scans are not helpful in the diagnosis of bone or lung problems (we would tend to use Digital Radiography for this).