Diagnostics

Our Skerries Clinic offers a range of diagnostics, allowing us to assess many aspects of your pets health:

Ultrasound Scanning Equipment: A state of the art soft tissue scanner allows our vets to visualise conditions occurring within the soft tissue of your pet’s body. It is a non-invasive procedure used to evaluate the internal organs. Ultrasound examinations can be used to examine the abdominal organs, heart, eyes and reproductive organs. This is a painless procedure, which usually does not require the pet to be sedated.

Electrocardiogram (ECG) heart monitoring machine: Assesses the electrical and muscular function of the heart. The ECG shows the heart’s electrical activity as line tracings on paper. An ECG trace from a healthy heart has a characteristic shape. Changes in this shape suggest irregularity in the heart rhythm or damage to the heart muscle

Digital radiography suite: Allows us to visualise bones as well as assess the chest, abdomen and internal organs.
We also perform contrast studies: A contrast medium is a substance is administered to the animal which allows us to visualise soft tissue structures and to evaluate their size, shape and position.

In- house laboratory:


Our in house laboratory allows us to quickly carry out the following tests:

Haematology Profiles

The haematology machine examines the components of blood. It assesses the type, number and appearance or shape of  red blood cells (vital for carrying oxygen around the body), white blood cells (key to the body’s immune system), and platelets (important for controlling and stopping bleeding).
It allows us to diagnose and treat conditions such as anaemia and leukaemia

 

Biochemistry profiles

The biochemistry machine measures the chemical substances carried by the blood. Results give us an insight into the level of functioning of the liver and kidneys and the levels of fats and sugar circulating the body. It allows us to diagnose a wide range of conditions, such as dehydration, hypothyroidism and kidney disease.

Urine testing, including microscopy

Various tests are carried out on urine. These tests aid in the diagnosis of illnesses such as urinary tract infection, diabetes and kidney disease:

  • Chemical analysis:  Used to assess the urine pH, as well as levels of substances such as protein, glucose, white blood cells and blood present.
  • Urine specific gravity: An instrument called a refractometer indicates how well the kidneys are able to concentrate the urine.
  • Microscopy: A microscope is used check for the presence of crystals, casts or other substances in the urine which may be indicative of disease.
Cytology

Cytology is the study of cells under the microscope, used for the analyses of tissue and fluid samples.

FIV and FeLV testing in cats

An ELIZA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test is used for rapid diagnoses of feline AIDs type and feline leukaemia viruses.

Feline T4 testing

T4 testing is used for the diagnosis and monitoring of the thyroid conditions,hypothyroidism and hypothyroidism.

Blood glucose testing

A device called a glucometer is used to determine the concentration of glucose in the blood.  A small drop of blood is obtained by pricking the skin with a lancet or small needle. The blood is placed on a disposable test strip which is inserted into the glucometer, to give us a reading. This quick and simple test is used to monitor blood sugar levels of diabetic patients.

Other Tests/Referrals

More complex tests are sent away to an external specialist laboratories for analysis. We have an excellent working relationship with this laboratory  and a team of Clinical Pathologists are always available to discuss the results with our vets.

Referrals
Our veterinary practitioners will always seek the best outcome for your pet. This may involve referring your pet to a specialist. This is done after discussion and in conjunction with you, as part of their overall treatment plan.
We use outside or visiting specialists for:
– MRI
– Pathology