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Allambie Vet is equipped with a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine and a team of experienced veterinarians with extensive training and years of ultrasound experience. Our veterinarians are capable of performing thorough abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms (Heart Ultrasound). 

When pets are unwell, successful management of their illness depends on early accurate diagnosis. The better we understand their condition, the more tailored and effective their treatment can be. That's where diagnostic imaging, such as radiology or ultrasounds, gives a great deal of information without resorting to invasive surgery. At Allambie Vet, we have the expertise to diagnose and treat even the most challenging medical and surgical cases, giving pets and their families the best possible outcome.

Emergency Ultrasound

If your pet is experiencing an emergency, the ultrasound will usually focus on the abdomen and chest to quickly learn whether your dog or cat has a serious internal hemorrhage (bleeding) or pneumothorax (a condition in which gas or air collects in the space surrounding the lungs). This can assist us in diagnosing the issue quickly. We can then plan effective life-saving treatment.

Abdominal Ultrasound

Abdominal Ultrasound is a non-invasive and safe technique that allows us to assess the internal and external structure of bodily organs. ‍Assessing each organ for size, shape, and internal appearance is the basis for a good ultrasound examination. Organs to be examined include the bladder, kidneys, spleen, liver, pancreas, stomach, duodenum, intestines, colon, and lymph nodes. Through the use of ultrasound, we are able to distinguish soft tissue masses, foreign bodies and the abnormal build up of fluid and air - a task we might find challenging or impossible to accomplish with a digital x-ray.

Echocardiography at Allambie Vet

Echocardiography uses ultrasound to create a moving picture of the heart. It can reveal the cause of many illnesses including lethargy, shortness of breath and coughing and the cause of the heart murmur which often result in heart failure. It provides information regarding disease severity and prognosis, and facilitates the development of an appropriate treatment plan. A simple and well-tolerated medication can delay disease progression and significantly improve survival in some cardiac conditions.

The best diagnosis for heart disease is an echocardiogram performed by a veterinary cardiologist or experienced veterinarian. 

Echocardiograms can be done at Allambie Vet with by booking in with Dr Jane or Dr Faon. 

For more complex cases Allambie Vet is fortunate to have a visiting Specialist Cardiologist Dr Damon Leeder. Damon is available on-site for any patients that require Specialist Care. He has extensive training and experience in diagnosing and managing heart disease in dogs and cats. Damon works closely with our veterinarians to provide the highest quality of care.


Conditions where your pet may benefit from an Ultrasound

Abnormal Blood or Urine Test Results

If your veterinarian discovers any abnormalities in your pet's urine tests or blood samples, they may recommend that your companion gets an ultrasound to gain a better picture of their internal organs like their lymph nodes, kidneys, liver, bladder, and more, to try and identify what is causing the issue.

Heart Problems

If your dog or cat has been diagnosed with a heart condition, your vet may refer you to a specialist for a heart ultrasound or echocardiogram to help evaluate the condition and function of your pet's heart and to search for any abnormalities.

Is it necessary to shave my pet for an Ultrasound?

To prepare for the ultrasound, it is necessary to shave your pet's fur. This is done to ensure that the sound waves can penetrate the body effectively. Your pet's skin will be cleaned, and a gel will be applied for the same purpose during the ultrasound.

Does my pet require sedation?

If your dog or cat seems anxious, restless, or stressed, we will recommend sedation. If our veterinary team needs to do a fine needle aspirate during the initial ultrasound, we'll make sure it's safe to do so, but sedation might be necessary. Don't worry; our veterinarian will have already talked to you about this before your appointment.

How do I book in for an Ultrasound?

If you are an existing client of Allambie Vet, please get in touch with our receptionist at 02 9905 0505. Our receptionist will be able to review your pet's records and book an appropriate appointment. 

If you would like a second opinion on any medical conditions with your pet, we recommend the following:

Emailing Allambie Vet with as much detail as possible regarding your pet

This information lets us decide which of our veterinarians would be best suited. We have multiple vets with special interests in medical conditions and have completed further studies.

If your previous veterinarian has recommended a Specialists Referral, we recommend that course of action. However, if Specialist Referral is not feasible, we can review your pet's case to see if our veterinarians can help.

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