We have highly trained and experienced radiologists on our staff and offer a wide range of radiological services. X-rays are a very useful and non-invasive way of diagnosing problems in your pet. We are able to do plain X-rays and contrast X-rays such as barium swallows, intravenous pyelograms, urethrograms, myelograms etc. We can do hip and elbow X-rays for any of the Australian HD and Elbow schemes.
We have experienced ultrasonographers available and offer a wide range of ultrasound services. Ultrasound is a sensitive and non-invasive way of diagnosing many conditions and can be used to obtain biopsies without going to surgery. We can do pregnancy ultrasounds (from 21 days), abdominal ultrasounds, cardiac ultrasounds, Polycystic Kidney Disease testing and ultrasound guided biopsy of most internal organs.
We can perform endoscopy of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts using both rigid and flexible endoscopes. Endoscopy can be used to take biopsies of the stomach and duodenum and the nose as well as visualise lesions in these places. It can also be used to remove foreign bodies from the oesophagus, stomach and nasal cavity, without going to major surgery.
The hospital has a fully equipped pathology laboratory and most routine pathology and blood testing can be performed in house on the same day. This ability to rapidly reach a diagnosis is extremely important in getting your pet quick and effective treatment. For other tests, a daily courier service ensures a quick turnaround time.
Until recently, surgery was the main form of cancer treatment. In the last five years we have found chemotherapy to be a very effective option for pets with cancer. The aim of chemotherapy in veterinary medicine varies from human medicine and we aim not for a cure but for extended quality of life. As such the side effects commonly associated with chemotherapy in people are rarely seen in animals. We have several staff members who are both skilled and experienced in this area and will be happy to advise you and answer any questions on all aspects of this treatment option.
Radioactive Iodine Therapy
We have treated over 200 cases of hyperthyroidism in cats with radioactive iodine. This is acknowledged to be the best treatment for this common endocrine disease of old cats. If your cat has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism simply call and ask one of our veterinarians about this state of the art treatment.