Ultrasonography is an essential, non-painful tool to help diagnose abnormalities within the organs of the abdomen and to diagnose heart disease. More excitingly it can be used to diagnose pregnancy! Depending on the information needed and the temperament of the patient sedation is sometimes needed, however we always try to perform it conscious if possible. To ensure a good image, the fur overlying the area to be scanned will need to be clipped to allow good contact with the skin.
If your pet is booked in for an ultrasound scan, please follow the following guidelines (preop information) before bringing them in for their procedure.