Diagnostic Services

Our clinic is fully equipped with the latest diagnostic tools to assist in the accurate diagnosis of your pet’s illness. If we need to perform any advance testing on the blood tests such as the levels of the thyroid hormone, seizure medication or other tests we send the blood samples to Idexx laboratories and results are sent to us within a few days.

The diagnostic tools at our disposal include:

  • Microscope
  • Faecal float equipment
  • Centrifuge
  • In house blood machine (VET TEST)
  • Digital Radiography
  • Ultrasonography
  • Tonometer (to measure eye pressure)
  • Refractometer (to measure urine concentration)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is each of your practices equipped with the same equipment?

Each practice is equipped with a microscope, faecal float equipment, refractometer, centrifuge, digital radiography and ultrasonography. The North Rand Road branch houses our blood machine. Getting the bloods to the clinic is the responsibility of the veterinarian, and as soon as the bloods arrive our Sister runs the tests and sends all the results to the relevant doctor.

How long do the results take?

If your pet needs blood tests, radiographs or an ultrasound scan we would prefer it if your pet is admitted into our clinic for the morning to allow ample time to do the necessary tests.

Is it expensive to make use of these tools?

Veterinary care is generally expensive, however we do our utmost to perform every test at the most affordable rate to ensure your pets’ accurate diagnosis and correct treatment.

 

Will my pet need to be sedated for these tests?

Most diagnostic tests can be performed without sedation, but if we have a difficult patient on our hands we might have to sedate them.  We almost always use general anaesthesia for x rays of the hips because most animals do not tolerate the way in which  we have to position them to take the x rays.  Cats are not so easily convinced to cooperate when it comes to diagnostics, so unless we have a very docile cat, we usually use sedation when we have to perform radiography, and sometimes for ultrasound.  Most animals tolerate blood sampling well.