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Alberta Veterinary Care now has the capability of performing ultrasound exams. Ultrasonography is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows us to visualize the internal organs. 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, we may need to attain an ultrasound-guided aspirate of any masses or lesions found within an organ. This means we are able to obtain a very small sample of the tissue of concern with a needle. This enables us to get a more accurate diagnosis and create a more specific treatment.
Indications for abdominal ultrasound include:
The ultrasound exam is not painful for your pet and most likely your pet will go home the same day of the exam. Usually only light sedation is required for your 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 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.