Dargaville Veterinary Centre – Diagnostic Equipment
In order to provide a gold standard service and exceptional level of care, we have invested in an array of diagnostic equipment which allows our experienced veterinary team to determine the most likely diagnosis for our patients in a relatively short space of time. Identifying the underlying problem as soon as possible allows us to provide immediate and specific treatment, which leads to greater level of care and positive outcomes.
The in-house blood analyser machines are state of the art equipment which are used to detect any underlying organ function, blood sugar, blood protein, electrolyte, mineral and blood cell (red and white) abnormalities. Whenever we are faced with a sick patient, or wanting to evaluate a patient’s level of internal health prior to an anaesthetic, we are able to run blood tests immediately and have the results within half an hour. Having this technology at our finger tips has allowed us to save many lives in an emergency situation, detect disease early before symptoms are shown, as well as monitor patients with chronic illness allowing us to fine tune our treatment protocols for better results.
Digital X-ray Machine
Our digital x-ray machine allows us to process radiographs in a fraction of the time that it used to with manual developing of film, with much clearer images and less potential for artefacts, allowing us to identify problems a lot easier than ever before. What’s more, there is no handling of toxic chemicals which were potentially harmful to staff and the environment. By taking digital images, they are uploaded immediately onto the computer and can be sent away for specialist opinion at the touch of a button. X-rays are extremely valuable at assessing integrity of bones, health of joints, size of organs, lung disease, abnormal fluid or air in the chest and abdomen, detecting foreign bodies in the intestine or bladder stone, identifying certain types of cancer and counting the number of pups or kittens during the last trimester of pregnancy.
We are extremely fortunate to own an ultrasound machine which allows us to visualise the architecture and integrity of internal organs (e.g. liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder), detect pregnancy and identify abnormal masses or free fluid that should not be present. Most importantly, ultrasound allows us to guide a needle into any areas of concern to collect diagnostic samples (fine need aspirate) for analysis without having to open our patients up, allowing us a less invasive means of making a diagnosis.
Analysing a urine sample can provide very important information regarding the health of a patient and can often be used to point us in a direction to determine the most likely cause of illness or help us rule out specific causes of ill health. Together with blood analysis, assessing a urine sample is integral in the diagnostic work up f a patient and should not be overlooked.
Probably one of the most under utilised pieces of equipment in a lot of veterinary practices, we use ours on a daily basis to analyse samples taken from lumps and bumps (to rule out cancer), skin scrapes (looking for fungus, bacteria and mites/mange), blood smears, urine samples, swabs from infected ears and so much more. This allows us to be more specific with our advice and the treatments we prescribe.
A simple tool which allows us to look down ear canals to determine the most likely cause of itchy and sore ears. Very important for us to determine if there is any foreign body down in the ear canal(s), to assess if the ear drums are intact, evaluate the integrity and width of the ear canals and to get a sample of any discharge present. The discharge can be stained and looked at under the microscope to distinguish what bacteria and/or fungi are present which allows us to be specific with the treatment that we prescribe for better results.
An ophthalmoscope is an important tool which is used to evaluate the external and internal health of eyes. The eyes are often called the “windows into the body” and when assessed, can be very useful in detecting underlying disease e.g. high blood pressure. We are often faced with eye emergencies and the ophthalmoscope can help us determine what part of the eye is affected which determines our course of action and outcome for the patient.