What is an ultrasound scan?

An ultrasound (also known as ultrasonography) is a type of non-invasive examination that lets us look at the internal organs and see whether they’re functioning properly. The process sends sound waves into the body, and these waves are then reflected back as ‘echoes’, and converted into an image. This type of imaging is considered very safe for cats, dogs and other animals.

When do we use an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasounds can be used to help diagnose conditions affecting the heart, kidneys, liver or any other major internal organs. It can also be used to monitor pregnancy just like in humans.

What you and your pet can expect

We’ll admit your pet the morning of their scan. Usually you will have to withhold food overnight, but they’ll be allowed access to water. Before the scan, we’ll clean the skin and apply a clear gel to the area.

Most of the time your pet won’t need anaesthetic for an ultrasound scan. It’s a painless procedure and shouldn’t take too long (between 40 minutes and an hour). However, if your pet is nervous or frightened they might benefit from a mild sedative to help keep them relax and keep still.

Your pet’s fur will probably need to be shaved to allow the probe to have complete contact with the skin and for the scan to provide the best quality images. Once the scan is complete, the results will be available straight away, so your surgeon will talk these through with you.

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Expert veterinary ultrasound services

Here at Dogwood we have years of experience in ultrasound scanning for cats and dogs, using the very best equipment in order to reach a quick and confident diagnosis.

If you’re a pet owner, we’ll be happy to discuss the procedure with you, and also advise you on ultrasound costs – simply get in touch.

If you’re a vet looking to refer a pet for an ultrasound scan, use our
simple referral form.