Oncology Service to Host Ultrasound Screening for High-Risk Dog Breeds

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

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Dr. Knapp performs an ultrasound on a black Scottish Terrier patient in the Oncology treatment room, while a veterinary nurse and resident assist.
Dr. Deborah Knapp performs an ultrasound on a patient in the Purdue University Small Animal Hospital.

The Purdue University Veterinary Hospital‘s Medical Oncology Service will offer Ultrasound Screenings in February and March 2024 to benefit dogs belonging to breeds identified as having an elevated risk of developing bladder cancer.

Recent studies have indicated that certain breeds, namely Scottish Terriers, West Highland Terriers, Beagles, and Shetland Sheepdogs, are more susceptible to bladder cancer than others. This heightened risk necessitates a focused approach to early detection and intervention, which is where the Ultrasound Screenings comes into play.

Ultrasound technology is a non-invasive yet powerful tool in veterinary medicine. It enables the Medical Oncology team to examine the urinary system, identifying any abnormalities such as tumors. Early detection through ultrasound screenings is crucial. It opens the door to a wider range of treatment options, potentially lengthening remission times and extending the survival of our beloved canine patients.

Screening Details and Appointment Information

  • Dates: Friday, February 9 and Friday, March 15 (an appointment is required to participate)
  • Eligibility: Beagles, Scottish Terriers, West Highland Terriers, and Shetland Sheepdogs aged six years and older
  • Services: Urinary bladder ultrasound, blood, and urine sample collection
  • Cost: $103, due at the time of the appointment

How to Schedule Your Appointment

For those interested in participating, appointments can be scheduled by calling 765-494-1107 and ask to speak with Joni or Emma in Medical Oncology regarding the Ultrasound Screening. The hospital’s dedicated staff will guide you through the process and ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. Click here to learn more about the hospital’s Medical Oncology Service.


Writer(s): Purdue University Veterinary Hospital Medical Oncology Team | pvmnews@purdue.edu

Category: Hospitals, Services

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