February 10, 2024
THE GOOD BOIS AND GIRLS It’s about time that we celebrate our good bois and girls who come through the clinic! We are super happy to announce that every month, we award the title “Pet ... Read more
Our clinic is fully equipped with an in-house lab including various blood machines, microscopes, urine testing facilities and advanced imaging from x-rays and ultrasound scans. This means we can usually complete all required tests and investigations in-house, rather than referring you on to a specialist. In some cases, a specialist may be required, and your vet will guide you through this process to ensure you feel confident and informed throughout the process.
There are many benefits to having your animal undergo blood testing. Blood tests allow your veterinarian to get a snapshot of your pet’s overall health, including their organ function and levels of important nutrients and minerals. Blood tests can also help diagnose conditions such as diabetes, anaemia and infections. Some of the most common blood tests we perform include:
Pre-anaesthetic profiles are important for pets going through any type of surgical procedure. By performing a pre-anaesthetic profile, your veterinarian can individualise the anaesthetic protocol to best suit your pet’s needs and minimise any risks associated with the procedure.
A comprehensive blood chemistry for pets can provide a wealth of information about your pet’s health. It can help to identify problems early on, before they become serious, and can also be used to monitor the progress of existing conditions. We recommend this test to most sick patients to help guide us towards a diagnosis.
This form of testing shows us full red and white blood cell counts, including platelets. This test alone can tell us if your pet is fighting an infection, or if they are not fit for surgery due to low red blood cells or a low platelet count.
This simple test can give you valuable information about your pet’s overall health and help you catch any potential problems early. We use this often when we suspect snake bites or rat bait ingestion. It lets us know if your pet’s blood takes longer to clot than what is considered normal in cats and dogs.
T4 tests are used to measure the level of thyroid hormone in the blood. This test is important for diagnosing and managing conditions that affect the thyroid gland, such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Certain hyper or hypothyroid patients need regular monitoring of their thyroid hormones. Providing this service in-house speeds up the process of regular checks and medication adjustments.
Pancreatitis is a serious condition that can be fatal for pets. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to saving your pet’s life. We will recommend testing for pancreatitis in most sick patients with gastric upsets, especially if they have accidentally eaten fatty foods.
Parvovirus is one of the diseases we vaccinate against. There are a variety of ways to test for parvovirus in pets, and the most appropriate method will depend on the individual animal and the situation. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best course of action for your pet. We commonly test for “parvo” in young unvaccinated dogs who are suffering from severe gastric upsets.
Heartworm is a serious and potentially fatal condition that can affect both dogs and cats, so it’s important to make sure your pet is protected. We recommend testing for heartworm if your pet’s heartworm prevention has lapsed by more than 6 months. Heartworm is spread via mosquitos, so any pet is at risk, even those who don’t socialise with other animals.
Urine testing can be used to diagnose a range of medical conditions in pets. Some of the most common urine tests we conduct include:
When we hear x-rays we generally think bones. Using radiography is not only a fantastic diagnostic tool for finding things like fractures but also arthritis, hip dysplasia, measuring the heart, checking lungs, and discovering internal masses or tumours, to name a few. Our advanced digital radiography facilities allow us to create highly detailed images to better investigate issues for your pet.
Using our unique in-house facilities, we are able to provide ultrasonography. Dr Ailsa, among our other vets, has extensive ultrasonography knowledge. We use ultrasound scans to look at organs and other soft tissue. It is a very valuable and non-invasive diagnostic tool and is often recommended here at Bangalow Vets for a full diagnostic work-up.