Although we encourage pet owners to be present during the ultrasound examination, space limitations and pandemic protocols in some veterinary clinics may dictate what is permitted. Please be sure to inform your veterinarian so that we can accommodate you and your pet.


The ultrasound will be performed by Dr. Brad Hines. Removal of hair with clippers may be necessary to optimize the image quality. Typically this will be done under the arm on the right side of the chest for cardiac studies and the underside of the abdomen and partially up the sides for abdominal studies. If diagnostic samples are collected shaving will be necessary to reduce the risk of contamination. Dr. Hines will have a trained veterinary technician with him, who is responsible for comfortably restraining your pet while they lie on a padded surface. Rubbing alcohol or ultrasound gel is used during the exam, which helps optimize the ultrasound image. Pets are placed on their sides or on their backs to complete the study. Sedation, anesthesia, and/or oxygen is rarely required but can be necessary in some cases where aspirates or fluid collection is recommended. Most studies take 30-45 minutes to complete. After the examination is complete, Dr. Hines will discuss his findings with your veterinarian and determine the best treatment options for your pet’s care.