Ultrasound examination for pets
Alberta Veterinary Care now has the capability of performing ultrasound exams. Ultrasonography is a non-invasive imaging machine that allows us to visualize the organs inside your pet’s abdominal cavity—the liver, kidneys and intestines. The ultrasound machine sends sounds waves into your pet’s body, creating visual images of the inside of your pet for us to see on a monitor. We are able to examine the organs for location, size, shape and blood supply. During the ultrasound examination, further tests may include an ultrasound-guided aspirate of a mass found. This means we are able to obtain a very small sample of the tissue with a needle.
- Vomiting or diarrhea that has lasted for a long time
- Weight loss with no change in eating habits
- Abnormal bloodwork
- Change in urinary habits
- Geriatric cases
- Fluid in chest
- To permit biopsy of mass
The ultrasound exam is not painful for your pet and most likely your pet will go home the same day of the exam. Usually we do not need to anesthetize the pet during the procedure. Your pet’s fur may be shaved to give us a good contact between the ultrasound probe and your pet’s skin.
After the exam, the doctor will discuss the results with you and make recommendations for follow up care and treatment if necessary. We also have full diagnostic capabilities that allow us to perform any other needed tests, such as blood testing and evaluations of samples on-site, to faster determine the causes of pet illnesses.
We always consider a multitude of factors in considering treatment options, including your pet's quality of life and any specific goals that you may have for him or her. We understand that each animal is unique, and want to help you make the best possible decision for your pet. Ultrasonography is one way we can assist you in caring for your pet’s good health.