Guinea pigs can go downhill very rapidly so it is important to be able to perform the appropriate diagnostic tests rapidly and to have the skills to interpret the results.
It is an essential diagnostic tool for the investigation of many problems. Our xrays are digital which means they can be viewed almost immediately and being a practice with a specialism in guinea pigs we are able to interpret the images to help with establishing a diagnosis and formulating an appropriate treatment plan
Ultrasound is the use of sound waves to see internal body structures such as liver, kidneys, reproductive tract, bladder, heart etc. With a cooperative patient, as is the case with most guinea pigs, no anaesthetic or sedation is needed. However the fur will have to be shaved from an area on the tummy to allow the application of the ultrasound gel.
We have an in-house laboratory where we can run a wide variety of diagnostic test.
Emergency cases often require rapid diagnostic blood tests. Most commonly these are biochemistry, haematology and electrolytes.
Cytology also can be critical test telling us during surgery whether a swelling is a cancer and if so giving us information as to whether removal is possible.
Our laboratory also runs a range of other diagnostic tests.
- Urine analysis
- Water quality
- Disease identification via serology
- Skin tests.
We also send samples for testing to a range of other diagnostic laboratories. In these cases results will take longer.
Our most common use of endoscopy in the guinea pig is the investigation of oral, nasal, pharyngeal and airway disease. Using a very small endoscope allows us to look inside the nasal cavities to actually see what is happening. It is essential for a definitive diagnosis in many cases.
Endoscopy in guinea pigs is also used in the ears, sinuses, gastrointestinal tract and into the bladder.