We strive to provide a wide range of diagnostic capability to accurately diagnose problems quickly and affordably within our own Practice
Having the right tools to make diagnostic decisions accurately and promptly can make a significant difference to outcomes in many cases. Waiting until the afternoon for a blood test result or days for an ultrasound exam and delaying the treatment plan is no longer required in most cases now.
Blood Testing Laboratory
Our in house laboratory is the cornerstone of our diagnostic service. Being able to evaluate a blood sample from an unwell patient is essential. To be able to do this immediately whether it is in the evening, weekend, just prior to surgery or in an acutely sick patient is something we could not do without.
At East Coast Bays Veterinary Clinic we were one of the first Clinics to adopt an in house laboratory service. We have taken this a step further with a major upgrade to a full set of the latest technology from IDEXX Laboratories. IDEXX Vetlab In House Analysers ( www.IDEXX.com ). In fact we were the first Veterinary Clinic in New Zealand to be able to offer this quality of care to our clients.
With the Catalyst Dx and Procyte Dx providing the highest standard of equipment available we virtually have a reference laboratory in our clinic. We can also provide an extensive array of tests beyond the standard biochemistry and haematology including electrolyres, hormones and coagulation panels.
Real time healthcare
Your pets blood sample can literally be taken and analysed within minutes while you are still with us at the Clinic. The results are instantly added to your pets clinical record and sent online to cloud software where we can review them with you on an ipad or computer screen. The results can be emailed to you immediately for your records with important trend graphs of any previous tests and our comments.
No more anxious waiting for answers and delaying treatment while blood samples deteriorate in a courier van on there way to an outside laboratory with results arriving late in the day when it may be too late to start therapy.
Monitoring of blood pressure is a relatively recent thing in companion animal medicine. It is valuable during surgery to ensure blood pressure doesn't drop too low and for measuring high blood pressure with age related illness as in people.
Hypertension is especially common in aging cats and can result in serious problems with the eyes, brain, kidney and heart if untreated. The risk of high blood pressure is very high if your cat has kidney or thyroid disease. These cats should have their blood pressure checked at least annually.
We have a HDO blood pressure machine that allows us to obtain quick and accurate blood pressure readings in small pets like chihuahuas and cats to large dogs. Our two anaesthetic monitors also measure blood pressure.
We routinely stain up samples from pets and examine them under the microscope. This can tell us such things as, is there yeast or bacteria growing in a dogs infected ear or does that lump contain mast cells and require larger surgical margins for example.
We use this instrument so much now we have invested in a very high quality microscope which even has a pad type computer screen attached. This allows us to photograph and document images as well as being able to show you what we are seeing. We can even instantly email an image of that pesky parasite we found to your mobile device!
We have several ECG machines that send data by blue tooth to a computer where an ECG trace can be viewed. Software can help us interpret a pets abnormal heart rhythm.
Macroscopes and Panopthalmoscopes
Viewing inside your pets eyes and ears can be challenging. Traditional tools provide a small view and our patients don't stay still for long! We have the latest technology in both our consultation rooms to try and simplify this important diagnostic area. These Welch Allyn devices that you may have seen at your GP's office help by both focussing and magnifying the area of interest. Additionally we have a full set of Welch Allyn laryngoscopes and a special speculum for viewing in rabbit and guinea pig mouths.
This is the evaluation of a urine sample which can be a quick and cheap way to help detect many illnesses and is important to include in any medical work up
We can spin samples of urine down in our centrifuge to check if bacteria are present in a urine sample and we have also invested in the IDEXX urinalysis machine to improve reporting and accuracy of our in house testing.
Digital Urine Specific Gravity
Being able to digitally measure the concentration of urine is common with humans and is now available for Veterinarians. It is a common and crucial test in veterinary medicine as it provides the first clue that the kidneys are failing and early measures need to be put in place to extend quality of life.
Typically in the past we have had to use human manual devices which are particularly inaccurate in cats. Thankfully that is no longer the case.
If your pet is acutely bleeding externally or internally we often need to exclude the possibility of rat bait poisoning. Our IDEXX coag Dx analyser allows us to do this and start life saving treatment immediately. It is also important to check the bloods ability to clot before certain procedures such as ultrasound guided organ biopsies and some abdominal surgeries.