Our hospital is fully equipped with an ultrasound scanner to assist evaluation of your pet’s condition if required.
What is an ultrasound scan?
Ultrasound scanning is a painless procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (inaudible to humans) to produce images of structures within the body. When sound waves are directed into the body, some are absorbed by body tissues and others bounce back. The sound waves that bounce back are measured by the ultrasound machine and are transformed into an image on a screen. The images can be printed or recorded. Extensive training is required in order to correctly use this equipment and interpret these images.
Ultrasound scans are most useful for looking at soft or fluid-filled organs; like the liver, kidney, bladder and heart. It is less effective for examining bones or air-filled organs, like the lungs.
The most common use for ultrasound in our clinic is for determining if a pet is pregnant four weeks or more post conception.
What happens to my pet when it is booked in for an ultrasound scan?
Reproductive ultrasounds can be done in normal consulting hours.
The area to be scanned will usually get shaved and a water-soluble gel is applied over the clipped area to be examined and a transducer (probe) is placed on the skin.
No pain is felt during an ultrasound exam. Sedatives may be necessary for those animals that won’t stay still or are uncomfortable. During the scan