We are proud to offer our clients and referral clients with one of the most comprehensive ultrasound services in South Australia. Dr Katrina Walker has over 17 years of experience in ultrasound and loves getting to the bottom any condition your pet may have.
Ultrasound is an important diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine – and the best part is it is safe and non-invasive. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to help form a two-dimensional “picture” of the inside your pet.
As a diagnostic tool, we often recommend an ultrasound if we have felt an abnormality on examination and/or if a blood test or other tests show abnormal results indicating possible problems with one or more internal organs.
Ultrasound is excellent for looking at “soft tissue” structures including the internal organs such as liver, kidneys and spleen etc. It is also useful in assessing the gastrointestinal tract. As the sound waves don’t pass through air or bone – it is not as useful at assessing the lungs or bones; that’s a job for x-rays!
Because our pets can’t really tell us exactly where something is sore, we will often scan the entire abdomen to ensure we make a thorough assessment.
Just like in people, we can also use ultrasound to confirm and assess pregnancy. For dogs, the best time to look for pregnancy with an ultrasound is from 25 – 30 days after mating.
If your pet is having an ultrasound, he or she may be required to fast from food and will often need a light sedation to ensure they’re comfortable and not moving or tensing during the procedure. Your vet may also need to clip an area of hair to ensure good contact of the probe with the skin.