We have an ultrasound machine that enables us to scan for preganancy, bladder stones, liver disease, cystic kidneys and other conditions.
Generally we can do this conscious but occasionally we may need sedation if the patient is restless.
Echocardiography is a way on monitoring and assessing the heart. By attaching a series of leads we are able to look for any abnormal heart beats, check the heart rate and analyse the heart function.
We have rigid and flexible endoscopes. These scopes can be passed into the oesophagus, trachea and stomach to check for foreign bodies, ulcers or other lesions.
We require a general anaesthetic to do this but it is less invasive than surgery and can give us some good information.
Radiography – we have a digital X-Ray machine capable of radiographing geckos to Great Danes. Radiographs are very useful for assess the size of lesions and their position in the body. We can also see some foreign bodies.
As it is digital we do not need chemicals to process the images and we can manipulate the images without having to continually repeat the radiographs.
Being digital also enables us to transfer the images easily.
Blood pressure readings are also performed at the practice. Blood pressure readings are especially useful for geriatric cats and dogs. Cats with an overactive thyroid and animals with kidney disease can also suffer with high blood pressure.