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Pet Ultrasounds in Winnipeg

At Best Friends Animal Hospital, we treat every pet like a member of our own family. We know that vet visits can be scary, especially when a pet is in pain, so we work hard to provide precise, non-invasive, and low-risk diagnostic options for pets that need a solution. Our pet ultrasounds allow us to identify and understand a variety of symptoms and conditions, from accident injuries to chronic illnesses, so that we can find the right treatment for your pet.   

How Does a Pet Ultrasound Work?

Ultrasonography is a type of imaging that records reflections of high-frequency sound waves. During a pet ultrasound, ultrasonic waves are directed toward the tissue that we want to examine. The "echoes" that come back are converted into two-dimensional black-and-white images of your pet's internal organs.

pug about to get a pet ultrasound in Winnipeg

Pet Ultrasounds Vs. Pet X-Rays

Ultrasounds and X-rays are both imaging techniques that allow us to diagnose pets. However, ultrasounds have lower risks because your pet doesn't need anesthesia for the procedure. Only X-rays allow us to examine bones and organs that contain air, so if your pet has a joint or lung problem, ultrasounds may not be adequate.

Limited Vs. Complete Pet Ultrasounds

Some ultrasounds are complete, while others are limited to specific regions or organs. Complete ultrasounds allow us to examine your pet's entire abdomen, which we recommend for most symptoms. We also offer limited ultrasounds for the bladder, kidneys, eyes, and other body parts.

Uses for Pet Ultrasounds

Like human ultrasounds, pet ultrasounds were once primarily used to detect and evaluate pregnancy.  However, pregnancy diagnosis isn't the most common reason we use pet ultrasounds in our Winnipeg clinic. We also use pet ultrasounds for pre-surgical preparations, baseline wellness exams, follow-up diagnostics, and to evaluate or diagnose the following:

  • Heart Conditions

  • Cysts and Tumors

  • Speed and direction of blood flow

  • Eye diseases

  • Fluid buildup in abdomen or chest

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Abnormal blood test results

  • Irregular urination or defecation habits

  • Chronic infections

Even if your pet's problem isn't on this list, we may be able to harness ultrasound imaging technology to better understand it. Make sure you give your Winnipeg vet a thorough description of the foods, medications, exercise habits, and other factors that may affect your pet's symptoms.

What to Expect During Your Pet's Ultrasound in Winnipeg

Our Winnipeg vet uses a water-soluble gel to perform ultrasounds, and we may need to shave some of your pet's fur in order to apply the gel and perform the procedure. After the ultrasound, your vet will review the results and discuss your options. If we still need more information, we may send the images to a radiologist or schedule X-rays.

Do you need a veterinarian in Winnipeg? At Best Friends Animal Hospital, our pet ultrasounds and other comprehensive veterinary services are available for a variety of species, from dogs and cats to reptiles, birds, and pigs. Call 204-269-4451 today to schedule a pet exam for your favorite family member.