What is an ultrasound scan?
An ultrasound scan is a way of imaging structural changes of your pet’s internal organs and can help to diagnose your pet’s condition. It is a non-invasive procedure and most pets tolerate the scan without sedation. All we need to do is shave your pet’s belly including the flanks.
In which circumstances may my vet suggest an ultrasound?
- Pregnancy scan over 30 days post-mating
- Trauma, for example, a road traffic incident
- Abnormal blood levels
- Abnormal or suspicious X-ray
- Extension of the abdomen/belly
- Suspected abdominal mass
- Urinary problems
What do I need to do?
Before we book an appointment for an ultrasound scan, the vet will perform a thorough health examination and will discuss with you the costs, the pros and limitations of the scan.
We will then arrange a day when you will be asked to leave your pet for a few hours with us.
Please starve your pet from 10pm the evening before but do not withhold water.
Please be aware that we will have to shave your pet’s belly and flanks. Rarely, this can cause clipper rash, so please let us know if you are concerned.