Xrays, Pathaology & Diagnostics | Middle Brighton Vet Centre - Your Bayside Vet

Xrays, Pathology & Diagnostics

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Middle Brighton Veterinary Centre
762 Hampton St
Brighton
VIC 3186

Phone:
03 9592 9811
Fax:
03 9592 7811

Xrays & Ultrasound

We have a full modern Radiology suite  where we can take digitial xrays on site.

Xrays are not only used to diagnose broken bones but are used to evaluate internal organs - the abdomen and chest in particular. Xrays can be useful in the case of puppies that eat items that they should not such as tennis balls and corn cobs! Sometimes foreign bodies don't show up clearly on initial xrays and a special dye, a contrast agent, is then used to highlight the object. Contrast agents, such as barium can be given orally whilst others may be injected to show an area of concern (ie myelogram is when the dye is injected around the spinal cord). 

Diagnostic ultrasound allows us to scan animals internally without the need for surgery and in most cases without sedation or anaesthesia. Information gained from the scan provides us with more information as to your pet's state of health without the need for surgery. 

 

Pathology

Even though as veterinarians we are well skilled to detect illness in dogs and cats, the clinical examination is limited in how much information it gives us. This means at times we will need to run blood and urine tests to further evaluate the health status of your pet  and to determine the effect of medications on your pet.

Many tests we are able to conduct in our onsite laboratory with the results within the hour:

  • Urine test
  • Pre anaesthetic blood testing
  • Emergency  blood testing
  • Needle biopsies
  • Cytology (ear, skin)

More complex blood testing & tissue analysis are sent to a commercial Vet Pathology Laboratory on a daily basis.

 

Routine blood testing is recommended on a regular basis. As a minimum we recommend at:

  • Desexing
  • Time of additional anaesthesia
  • 5 years of age
  • 10 years of age, then yearly
  • Illness
  • Commencement of Long term medication
  • 6 monthly for patients on long term medication

 

 

Diagnostics

We also have the ability to avoid more invasive surgery with a flexible Endoscope that has been particularly useful in retrieving foreign objects (bones) from dog's upper gastrointestinal tract. Endoscopy is also used in the collection of biopsy samples from the stomach and upper intestine in animals that we suspect have Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Animals presented to the clinic with an abnormal heart rhythm can be promptly evaluated with our diagnostic ECG machine that records the electrical activity of the heart. We also have a machine to measure blood pressure in our pets. High blood pressure can be a significant concern in patients with heart, thyroid and kidney disease.

We are also able to monitor the pressure within the eye with a special pen called a tonopen that has helped save vision for many dogs, as we are rapidly able to diagnose  & treat glaucoma.