Diagnostics

Vet looking at an X-ray

Digital radiography

In 2006 we upgraded our X-ray facilities to include a digital X-ray processor and special floating top table.

The digital processor allows us to develop X-rays quickly and safely, without chemical waste. The images can then be viewed on a computer screen and manipulated to get the best image. If necessary, images can be sent digitally to a referral vet for specialist assessment. Results are often reported the same day ensuring a fast diagnosis of your pet’s condition.

The floating top table is a valuable addition making it possible to position large animals for radiography much more easily.

Ultrasound

We have recently up graded our ultrasound scanner. This machine was previously used by human cardiologists and is a very powerful tool giving us sharp, clear images.

It has a wide range of uses and can be used readily in sick animals as they usually require no sedation for the procedure.

The uses for this machine include:

  • Pregnancy diagnosis.
  • Echo-cardiograph (heart scan) including colour doppler.
  • Abdominal scans including liver, kidneys, intestinal, bladder, spleen, prostate, pancreas, eyes and uterus.
  • Ultrasound guided sampling for biopsies or draining of fluid.

Laboratory

Our modern laboratory equipment includes a blood testing machine, a microscope and urine/faecal testing kits. These enable us to provide a broad range of in-house tests.

For more specific tests we have a network of specialist laboratories to whom we send samples for fast, accurate results.

Endoscopy

Our flexible and rigid endoscopy equipment allows us to visualise such structures as the nasal chambers, oesophagus stomach or bladder using a camera, helping us to identify any problems which may be causing your pets symptoms. Images can be recorded so that they can be shown to you as owners, or to a specialist if necessary.

Electrocardiography ECG

Electrocardiography is used to record a graphical image of the electrical events that occur when the heart beats

This procedure is normally carried out whilst the patient is fully conscious. Four leads from the ECG machine are attached to each leg of the animal. The electrical activity of the heart is then recorded and this information is then sent to a specialist cardiologist.

The cardiologist’s interpretation can give us an opinion on abnormalities of the heart’s rate and rhythm, and any enlargement of the heart’s chambers.

Blood pressure monitoring

Our doppler blood pressure equipment enables us to measure and monitor the blood pressure of dogs and cats under our care.

This equipment is used, without sedation, to monitor the blood pressure of animals suffering with hypertension brought about by chronic conditions such as hyperthyroidism or renal failure.

Blood pressure is also monitored in anaesthetised patients undergoing any surgical procedures, especially those patients who are considered to be at risk, including the old and those suffering from critical conditions.

Monitoring blood pressure during an anaesthetic enables the surgical team to take appropriate action during surgery should the patient’s blood pressure change. This intervention can significantly improve the outcome of the surgery.