Ultrasound is a non-invasive method of looking inside your pet to aid in diagnosis of disease.

Ultrasound works by using high-frequency sound waves that reflect in various ways off the different tissues of the body. A probe is placed against the skin and used to transmit the sound waves and read the reflections, and then a moving image is generated on a computer screen. This allows us to examine both the structure of organs, and in the cases of organs such as the heart, to also look at their function.

Although this procedure sounds relatively simple, this specialised equipment is very expensive and skill and experience is required to interpret the results.

Unlike with many other procedures, animals do not usually require any kind of sedation or anaesthesia for an ultrasound to be performed, so the whole process can be done while the owner waits.