Ultrasonography is very useful for imaging soft tissues like the heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder, prostate gland, eyes and uterus. It is particularly useful for very sick and elderly patients as it does not require sedation or general anaesthetia. It is a very safe and non-painful procedure and the only preparation needed is to shave the skin over the area of interest and to apply some gel to the skin to ensure good contact with the probe.
Some of the problems we can check for include kidney disease, bladder stones, uterine infections (pyometras), liver disease, prostatic problems, detection of internal bleeding and the investigation of cancer. It is also very useful for the diagnosis of pregnancy from 28 days days after mating.
Julie Saxton has over 25 years of experience of ultrasonography. She has a particular interest in cardiology and holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Cardiology.
Julie is on the Veterinary Cardiology Society list of approved veterinarians for dog breeds that require a Veterinary Certificate of Heart Testing for breeding purposes. This involves examination of the animal and listening to the heart to record and grade any heart murmurs and to detect if any other abnormalities are present prior to being used for breeding.