Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.


What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive method of visualizing internal organs. Sound waves (higher than we can hear) are transmitted from a special probe pressed against the skin. They pass through tissues at different rates and then bounce back to be read by the probe. What appears on the monitor is a dynamic image of what is happening within the body, directly beneath the probe.

During an abdominal ultrasound exam, the probe is slowly moved around the abdomen, displaying dynamic images slice by slice as you travel along the abdomen, and allowing us to examine the internal structure and layering of different organs. The lungs can’t be examined through ultrasound imaging because sound waves don’t penetrate air very well, but it is great for imaging the heart, abdominal organs, joints, and tendons.

Currently, in veterinary medicine, radiography is commonly used for assessing the chest and abdomen, and the ultrasound exam is meant to complement it. Whereas x-rays have the advantage of providing a good overall picture of the abdomen, they do not show as much fine detail as you can get from an ultrasound exam.

What are the benefits?

While commonly used for pregnancy diagnosis, an ultrasound can also give useful information on the structure of the liver, spleen, pancreas, evaluate the wall thickness of the gastrointestinal tract, and look at the architecture of the adrenal glands, kidneys, and bladder. It is advantageous as it is non-invasive, non-painful, and generally requires no anesthesia.

Patients need to lie relatively still, often on their backs in a soft trough, while the exam takes place. For maximal results, the patient’s abdomen will be shaved so that gel can be applied to enhance the connection between the ultrasound probe and the skin. Sometimes sedation may be used if patients are too anxious to lie still, allowing for a better quality exam and less stress to the patient.

What cases/patients could benefit?

An abdominal ultrasound is often the next step following bloodwork and radiographs to help differentiate possible causes underlying liver disease, kidney disease, chronic vomiting or diarrhea, or adrenal gland disease. It may be the next step recommended once a particular system has been identified, and allow us to investigate organs, identify abnormalities, take samples of any abnormal structures, or simply to rule out other possible underlying conditions.

To learn more about our ultrasound services and if it is the right option for your pet, please give us a call at 902.443.9385

For Veterinarians:
Ultrasound Referral Form
Ultrasound Referral Form – Electronic


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.443.9385. One of our staff members will obtain a history via phone and meet you at our front door to bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return your pet to you outside once the veterinarian discusses a recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations for adult dogs and cats as well as puppies and kittens. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN but are now working with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday 10am-2pm, 4pm-7pm; and Saturdays from 10am - 2pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will take payment over the phone and place the items in a pickup bin located just outside our front doors.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Fairview Animal Hospital