Most of our patients are admitted into the hospital for the day to have an ultrasound scan done unless it is an emergency where we do it immediately. We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as they may need to be sedated to allow us to do the best scan possible.
The area to be scanned will be shaved, so your pet may look different when they come home. No pain is felt during an ultrasound exam. However, your pet may experience discomfort from the pressure.
Sedatives may be necessary for those animals that won’t stay still or are uncomfortable. During the scan, a water-soluble gel is applied over the clipped area to be examined, and a transducer (probe) is placed on the skin.
Once the scan is complete, we will give you a call or book an appointment for our veterinarians to show you the images and to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.