Diagnostic Services

Radiology

Radiology is a branch of veterinary and medical science which incorporates the use of x-rays for diagnostic purposes. Xrays are a useful non-invasive tool that has many applications from assessing bones to lung fields. We are able to offer a wide range of radiological services including plain x-rays and contrast xrays (such as barium studies, intravenous pyelography, urethrograms and more). We are also able to offer hip and elbow scoring for a variety of schemes.

Ultrasonography

We offer ultrasonography for the diagnosis of diseases, the monitoring of diseases and for pregnancy diagnosis.

Ultrasonography is a non-invasive, non-painful means of examining the inside of your pet. The 2 main areas we examine ultrasonographically are the abdomen and the heart. The information that you acquire is different from that which you would see from an xray.

Your pet will generally need to have some of their coat clipped away in order to obtain a good image and will occasionally require some sedation to make sure the experience is comfortable and stress-free.

Some examples of the diseases that can be diagnosed with ultrasound include liver and kidney disease, tumours in various abdominal organs, heart valve and muscle disease and bladder stones.

Sometimes the pitter-patter of tiny feet is heard on the horizon – usually planned, but occasionally not! Here at KVH we have the ability to check your dog or cat for pregnancy from 4 weeks of gestation. If we didn’t use ultrasound, it could be not until 7 or even 8 weeks of gestation (dogs and cats give birth after 9 weeks of gestation) before pregnancy can be confirmed by feeling the abdomen. Early detection of pregnancy at 4 weeks allows for decisions to be made regarding the future of the pregnancy and planning for maintaining mum in optimum health throughout the pregnancy, birth and rearing stages.

Clinical pathology

On site at Kippax Veterinary Hospital we have a wide range of clinical pathology equipment allowing us to promptly assess your pets issues and needs. These include:

  • Haematology
  • Biochemistry
  • Blood glucose analysis
  • Urinalysis
  • Microscopy
  • Heartworm, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) testing