The ultrasound scan is a valuable tool for assessing the organs in a pet’s abdomen, including the liver, gall bladder, kidneys, spleen, urinary bladder, pancreas, adrenal glands, lymph nodes and intestines. When blood work and radiographs do not give a definite diagnosis, ultrasound is often the next step taken to determine the source of an illness or better characterize a problem.
Often, a needle and syringe can be used to obtain small samples of a problem area. Sometimes these samples can help us determine what is wrong with your pet. Mild sedation is often used during this procedure. Sometimes, sedation is used during the scan itself if a pet is too squirmy or tense.
We have over 10 years of ultrasound experience and have a 2010 MyLab Five ultrasound machine that, in addition to giving us images, allows us to generate reports, pictures and video clips.
We accept ultrasound referrals from other area hospitals as well as offer this service to our own clients.
Ultrasound is a useful and accurate means of diagnosing pregnancy in dogs and cats. It is not costly, takes only minutes and is not harmful to the unborn puppies or kittens.
Pregnancies can usually be easily detected at 18-20 days post-breeding, although for greater accuracy clients may want to wait until 28 days post-breeding. Heartbeats are usually visible. Ultrasound is not always accurate for determining the number of puppies or kittens, although an estimate can usually be made.
Sometimes reproductive problems such as uterine infections (pyometra) or aborted fetuses are detected during pregnancy ultrasounds. These problems can then be discussed and treated appropriately.
If you’re wondering if your pet is pregnant, want to determine an estimate of litter size or simply want a peek at your new babies, an ultrasound can be booked. We can email pictures and even video clips of the unborn puppies/kittens.