If your vet has recommended an ultrasound for your dog or cat, you need to be fully prepared to ensure the procedure is smooth and effective. Unfortunately, with all the misinformation online, it’s easy to be misled and make mistakes that affect the actual ultrasound procedure. To ensure you’re on the right path, we’ve compiled some animal ultrasound dos and don’ts below.

Dos

Speak with your vet

If you have any questions and concerns regarding your pet's ultrasound, now’s the time to ask your vet for clarification. A reliable vet will answer your queries in-depth, eliminating any worries or fears you might have regarding the procedure.

Speaking with your vet also ensures you know how to prepare beforehand for your dog’s or cat’s ultrasound.

Eliminate vet anxiety

Most pets usually know when it’s time to go to the vet, and as a result, they get anxious and nervous. So, it’s vital to eliminate this anxiety by taking measures such as:

• Giving them treats
• Taking them for a walk to get them excited
• Resisting petting
• Visiting your vet early to give your pet time to become familiar with the waiting room

If your dog or cat is still anxious, your vet may sedate them to calm their nerves during the ultrasound.

Don’ts

Don’t shave your pet

Your pet will likely need its fur clipped to ensure good contact between the probe and belly. However, this doesn’t mean you should clip them at home. Your vet will perform this procedure as they’re skilled and know the areas that need to be exposed for the ultrasound.

Don’t feed your pet

Normally, you may be required to withhold food and water for 8 to 12 hours before the ultrasound. This is because a full stomach makes imaging organs around the belly difficult. However, in some instances, water may be permitted.

Don’t let your pet urinate

Vets can best examine your pet’s urinary bladder when it’s full of urine. Therefore, don’t let your cat or dog urinate 3 hours before their ultrasound.

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