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Ultrasound scans allow vets to see inside pets

Pete Wedderburn


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Ultrasound scans can be carried out on conscious animals.

Ultrasound scans can be carried out on conscious animals.

Ultrasound scans can be carried out on conscious animals.

If your pet falls ill, your vet is likely to suggest a sequence of investigations to find out what is going on, just as doctors do when humans are unwell.

After the initial discussion of a pet’s problems (so-called history gathering), and then a thorough physical examination, further investigations are often needed to make a diagnosis of the cause of the problem. It’s common to carry out laboratory tests (usually blood and urine tests), and then sometimes to move on to so-called “diagnostic imaging”. In the past, this nearly always meant taking x-rays, but these days, a new tool has become widely available in vet clinics across Ireland: ultrasound scans.


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