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Ultrasound examination in dogs: what you can expect


Do you need to take the dog for an ultrasound scan? No problem, the method is absolutely harmless and will not harm your four-legged friend. Here you can find out exactly how sonography works in dogs and how high the costs can be. Sonography does not pose a danger to the dog - Shutterstock / Ermolaev Alexander

An ultrasound examination in dogs is used, among other things, to examine organs such as the heart, lungs, liver or kidneys. The method causes absolutely no pain, but some dogs find it uncomfortable.

Before ultrasound: shave for the dog

During the ultrasound examination, the veterinarian moves the ultrasound head over the areas that he wants to examine in your dog. The ultrasound waves illuminate the dog and the image is displayed on a monitor. This is how the veterinarian sees whether everything is okay inside your pet.

For the procedure to work, the transducer must lie directly on the skin. This means that a piece of fur needs to be shaved or shaved for sonography. Before the examination, the veterinarian applies a contact gel so that no air can get between the transducer and skin.

Preparation tip: Take a long walk with your dog before the examination so that he can ease himself. Even if the examination only takes a few minutes, your fur nose will certainly be more relaxed if you don't feel the need to lift your leg.

Position during sonography

Depending on which regions are examined, your four-legged friend must sit, lie or stand.

• Abdominal organs: A supine or lateral position is usually necessary here
• Heart: The examination of the heart usually takes place while standing or sitting
• Kidneys: The kidneys are examined in a lying position
• Liver: The liver is also examined in a lying position

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How long does the examination take?

The painless and risk-free procedure of the ultrasound examination usually does not last longer than a few minutes, but annoys one or the other dog. Mainly for the reason that the treatment is just strange for the four-legged friend. Anesthesia is usually not necessary. You are usually allowed to be present during the ultrasound examination and can calm your dog down. This will certainly make the situation more bearable for him.

Cost of an ultrasound examination in the dog

In most cases, the cost of sonography is covered by the dog health insurance if you have taken out one. Otherwise, the ultrasound examination usually costs around 30 euros, although the costs from veterinary practice to veterinary practice can vary. Your veterinarian will be happy to provide information on request.