Ultrasound scanning at Ark Vetcare


This year we have invested in 2 new machines so now all 3 of our hospitals have state of the art Ultrasound machines.

We find the ultrasound is a wonderful tool. It is a non invasive technique which means there is no risk to your cat or dog. The ultrasound machine sends sound waves into your pet’s body. These sound waves are reflected back to form a picture of what’s going on inside your pet.


The vet may suggest an ultrasound for many reasons

  • Lack of appetite (anorexia).
  • Unexpected weight loss.
  • Fluid detected in the abdomen.
  • A mass, swelling or abnormality found during a physical examination.
  • Unexplained vomiting or diarrhoea.
  • Urogenital problems.
  • Abnormal bloodwork or X-rays.


What to expect if your pet has an Ultrasound

You pet will be admitted to the hospital. We carry out the scans in a darkened room.

The hair will be clipped away around the affected area. Usually, the entire abdomen can be looked at in a 30 to 60 minute period.

Usually there is no need for sedation, unless your pet is very nervous.

We also offer heart scans (echos) in our Dun Laoghaire branch.


What can we find on an Ultrasound

We always hope to find nothing as we want your pet to be well but quite often we find abnormalities including:

  • Pyometra (womb infection)
  • Pregnancy
  • Masses (tumours)
  • Foreign bodies (eg socks, toys, wood)


Quite often you can get a scan within a couple of days of the vet requesting the scan; if not the same day!