Both Companion Care Veterinary Surgery Ormeau and Arundel Veterinary Surgery have access to top of the range ultrasound equipment and all our vets have experience using the ultrasound equipment. We have FOUR machines to enable us to give the best possible service to clients and their pets. Dr. Robert Williams also performs ultrasounds for other clinics on the Gold Coast, and teaches vets throughout Australia.
Ultrasound is an important method of Diagnostic Imaging that helps us look inside your dog or cat. This can help in the diagnosis of liver or kidney problems, pancreatitis, pregnancy diagnosis, problems at birth, gastrointestinal disease, kidney and bladder stones, and also more sinister issues such as cancer. Ultrasound can also be an aid in safely performing fine needle biopsies or acquiring a sterile urine sample. In some cases, the ultrasound can be used to help diagnose heart disease. This is termed Echocardiography.
An ultrasound isn’t a replacement for radiographs or blood work. All of the diagnostics recommended by our veterinarians are in order to help accurately identify a problem and create a more specific treatment plan. Our veterinarians will be happy to discuss the benefits of an ultrasound with you during your next appointment.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive method of examining the internal structures of your pet and, in most situations, mild sedation will be required. We use a special gel to help with the conduction of the ultrasonic waves to produce a clearer image, which requires us to clip your pets fur. Please understand that if your pet is scheduled for an abdominal ultrasound, it is likely that the entire abdomen of your pet will be clipped. If this is a concern for you, please discuss this with our staff prior to the examination.
If you have scheduled an ultrasound appointment please remember to fast your pet for at least 12 hours. This helps both in reducing artefacts on the images from food in the stomach and small intestines. These appointments are typically addressed as drop-offs, so our staff have time to shave your pet and perform the ultrasound. Our veterinarians will review the ultrasound with you.
Dr Robert Williams has given webinars broadcast worldwide on ultrasound training for vets, and regularly teaches vets in Australia on the use of this modality in their veterinary practices.