An ultrasound is a painless procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. An ultrasound is a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving soft tissues, such as those found in the abdomen, or the heart.
Ultrasounds at our clinic are performed by the Specialists from Veterinary Imaging Associates.
What happens to my pet when they are booked in for an ultrasound?
Your pet will be admitted into hospital for the day to have an ultrasound done. We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as they may need to be sedated to allow us to do the best scan possible.
The area to be scanned will be shaved, so your pet may look different when they come home. No pain is felt during an ultrasound exam, however, discomfort from pressure may be experienced. Sedatives may be necessary for those animals that won’t stay still or are uncomfortable. During the scan a water-soluble gel is applied over the clipped area to be examined and a transducer (probe) is placed on the skin.
Once the scan has been done we will give you a call or book an appointment for our veterinarians to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.