While the benefits of ultrasound equipment and radiology technology for breeders or vets of large animals are often spoken about - their small animal diagnostic benefits can often slip under the radar.

Ultrasound and radiology can greatly benefit felines, as common health problems can often be missed due to their small size and fur. While behaviour changes and physical symptoms are often the first sign of health issues in cats, this can often be too late - but problems can be caught earlier using these technologies, providing a higher rate of recovery and survival.

Read on to find out which three common cat health issues can be discovered earlier with feline ultrasound and radiology.

Cancer

Cancer in cats can often be fatal - it's often only spotted once a tumour has become so large it is visible under the fur. Regular veterinary ultrasounds and radiographs on particularly older felines can spot the rapid growth of cells early - making effective treatment a greater possibility. If cancer has already been diagnosed, ultrasound scans are also the best way to monitor whether or not the cancer is spreading, or if treatment is remaining effective.

Heartworm

It's notoriously more difficult to diagnose heartworm in felines than canines - but radiology in the form of radiographs is one of the best routes. Using a combination of radiographs, blood tests, echocardiograms and physical examinations can lead to a firm diagnosis, and continued radiography can monitor the lifespan and growth of the worm itself, which will in turn inform the best route of continued treatment.

Acute renal failure

Acute renal failure is surprisingly common in felines, and can be caused by a plethora of issues, such as the accidental consumption of poisons, infections, overheating in hot weather, trauma to the pelvis or bladder, etc. Acute renal failure - along with most other feline kidney issues - is diagnosed through an ultrasound scan. Ultrasound imaging allows veterinarians to assess the actual appearance of the feline kidneys, thus alerting them to any abnormalities.

For more information about the ultrasound and radiology equipment available for cats and other small animals, visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.