Pathology For Pets
Our pets can’t speak to say how they are feeling. When they are feeling off we often notice it in their behaviour like not enjoying their food, lethargy, increased sleep or other subtle behaviour changes.
When we notice these things, blood test lets us look at what’s going on inside their body, and try to understand why they don’t seem themselves.
What Do We Test For?
While there are almost endless blood tests that can be done, many for specific animals or symptoms, some tests we do as routine. These are;
- Red Blood Cells: Low red blood cell count will indicate anaemia.
- White Blood Cells: Elevated white blood cell count does give a suspicion of ongoing infection or certain types of cancer.
- Platelets: A specific cell for clotting.
- Liver and Kidney values: These tests are useful to be taken before surgery where abnormal levels may affect medications.
- Glucose Levels: An elevated value might indicate diabetes or stress.
- Calcium Levels: These can indicate presence of cancer and this will indicate the need for further diagnosis testing.
For more information on blood tests for your pet, please consult one of our veterinarians or support team.
Companion Animal Surgery has acquired a fully integrated digital X-ray System with PACS (Picture Archiving Computer Systems). The beauty of this system lies in its considerably reduced X-ray processing time, which will definitely shorten your waiting period. On top of that, due to the advanced technology used, the dose on your pets will be greatly reduced, which in turn minimises greatly the possibilities of other implications due to excessive X-ray on the animals.
Other than that, the PACS allow you to have a CD containing the X-ray and Ultrasound images of your pets. This CD can be opened in any other computer and you will be able to see the images on your own computer for future references and follow-ups. With the PACS in place at Companion Animal Surgery, you will not need to remind yourself to bring the X-ray films or CDs every time you visit the clinic as the history images are stored in the PACS and will appear at a click of the button.
This state-of-the-art technology setup gives you the confidence that Companion Animal Surgery puts the interests of your pets first; we are always in line with the mindsets of pet lovers. There is a lot of convenience and ease with the new systems incorporated, hence come to Companion Animal Surgery to have a feel of the new facelift.
We are equipped with the latest Esaote 40 ultrasound machine. We are able to perform soft tissue, musculoskeletal, thoracic and abdominal ultrasound. In a few months, we will be able to provide echocardiography, as we are in the process of upgrading our system to incorporate the echocardiography software.
The ultrasound machine is very useful in small animal diagnostics. It empowers the clinician with abilities to examine the internal organs of your pet to detect abnormalities like foreign body obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract, liver/splenic/kidney disease and bladder stones. If used in the musculoskeletal system, we are able to detect tendon and muscular injury. We also use it to perform advanced procedures like ultrasound guided biopsies of tissues.
Commonly referred to as a CT or CAT scan, these machines allow us to see an animals soft tissue and bones without the need for invasive surgery. With these scans a vet can quickly and non-invasively identify internal structures and look for issues that assist diagnosis. This information is also important if further treatment is required, for example a surgeon can better know exactly where they need to operate and avoid unnecessary exploratory work aiding your pets outcome and recovery.
Currently we do not have a CT Scanner on the premise. If this is required for diagnosis we can organise scans to be taken at a partner clinic.