At Black Rock Animal Hospital we believe that ultrasound is one of the most important diagnostic steps when investigating our unwell pets. We find that getting experienced ultrasonographers makes this procedure more reliable and allows us to diagnose confidently. Many pets have benefited from this ability. We have diagnosed tumours of the spleen and liver without exploratory surgery. We have identified foreign bodies in the intestines giving us the confirmation we need to operate without delay. We have even diagnosed the presence of fluid filling the sac around a dog’s heart, and then been able to remove the fluid allowing the heart to function normally again.