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Diagnostics Equipment

For a small village practice we have most of the usual practice instrumentation but in addition we have invested heavily in state of the art equipment so as to be able to offer your pets a full diagnostic work up and monitoring when they become ill.

In this area we have:

BLOOD ANALYSERS: In house haematology, biochemistry and electrolyte analysers so we can run bloods on your sick pet without having to wait for a laboratory to be open. Some of the early in house veterinary laboratory machines we're not very accurate but these are the latest available and give excellent analytic results.

X-RAY FACILITIES: Powerful fixed X-ray machine with sliding table allowing us to get good images of even the biggest of dogs. We have a digital processor which allows us to manipulate these images in digital format to allow us the best chance of diagnosing conditions.

ULTRASOUND: Colour doppler ultrasound which allows us to investigate all sorts of things from pregnancy, internal masses etc to heart scans. This can be a very useful tool in our work ups of sick animals where we can detect changes in the structure of the internal organs and potentially biopsy the changed area without having to perform open surgery on your pet. In addition we can perform pregnancy scans on your pets confirming pregnancy and looking at embryo numbers.

ENDOSCOPE: We have a flexible endoscope allows us to look down the airways of dogs and check the main parts of the airways for foreign bodies, illness and tumours. The same device allows us to look inside the dogs stomach for similar changes. Being able to do these procedures may make surgery un-necessary and is a great diagnostic tool.

CAPNOGRAPH: This can be used to monitor the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the respiratory gases and the oxygen saturation of the expired air . Its main development has been as a monitoring tool for use during anaesthesia and intensive care patients especially those with compromises lung function.

TONOGRAPHY: This is a specialised piece of electrical equipment designed to measure the intraocular pressure of the eye to determine the facility of aqueous outflow. It's main use is in the early determination of the potentially blinding condition of glaucoma so as early treatment can be started.