To determine what is wrong with your pet or to start certain medications diagnostic tests are often required. This may include blood and urine tests, radiology (xray), the use of the microscope and ultrasound.
Blood and urine tests
We use both in-house and external laboratories to run blood and urine tests to help us diagnose what is wrong with your pet. We recommend pre-anaesthetic blood tests before procedures to check that your pet's organs are healthy and functioning normally, especially the liver and kidneys, as these organs process the anaesthetic agents that we use and also can dictate what pain medication your pet can be given. We also run tests to monitor patients that are on long-term medications. We can usually take these samples at the time of your appointment.
Microscopic diagnostics (cytology)
We use the microscope to identify problems with ears, skin and lumps. The vets will take a sample at the time of the consultation, then do special tests with stains that identify cell types, bacteria and parasites. If required we will send samples to an external laboratory for specialist opinion.
Emerald Veterinary Clinic has state of the art digital x-ray technology on-site at the clinic. This allows us to take images of your pet's organs, bones and soft tissue to immediately identify problems, such as causes of lameness, cardiac disease or gastro-intestinal illnesses.
The veterinarians at Emerald Veterinary Clinic frequently use ultrasound technology to obtain images of the chest or abdomen. We can identify types of heart disease, various abdominal problems, bladder and other urinary tract problems and even diagnose and monitor pregnancy. With ultrasound we are able to take measurements of organs and identify tumours and cancer. If more advanced imaging is required we can utilise the services of a specialist ultrasonographer who will come to the clinic.
Blood pressure monitoring
We have a blood pressure monitor designed for cats and dogs to be performed awake and pain-free. This is important when diagnosing various disease such as heart disease, kidney disease and hyperthyroidism.
We use a special instrument called a tonometer to measure the pressure within an eye. This is a non-invasive, non-painful procedure that can be performed awake in the consult room and takes about 5 minutes. This allows us to diagnose serious eye conditions such as glaucoma in your pet.