Diagnostic facilities

Laboratory

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.  Having the results of blood tests rapidly will allow us to give the correct treatment and also to determine the chances of response to treatment as unfortunately not all diseases can be treated.

 

Cytology is invaluable in that a tiny sample obtained with a needle may tell us what type of tissue a cancer consists of, is it inflammation, infection or cancer. If it is cancer, then we can often tell what type so an informed decision about treatment can be made.

 

Our laboratory also runs a range of other diagnostic tests.

 

  • Parasitology.
  • Urine analysis
  • Water quality
  • Serology
  • 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.

 

 

Picture of 1 our laboratory 2 A parasite3. Maybe another lab picture

 

Diagnostic Ultrasound

Ultrasound is very useful diagnostic tool in the rat medicine, having the ability to see images of the structure of internal organs. It does not cause any pain and a good proportion of rats can have an ultrasound without any sedation. However, the fur has to be shaved where the probe will be positioned.

 

(picture of a ultrasound or of a rat having an ultrasound)

 

 

Endoscopy

Endoscopy in rats is used in the oral cavity, larynx, trachea, bronchi, ears, gastrointestinal tract and also into the bladder in females.

 

Radiography

X-rays are very important in the investigation of bone problems, middle ear disease, heart and lung disease, urinary tract disease and also disease of the structures in the abdominal cavity.

All our x-rays are digital and in the DICOM format which allows optimisation of the image for diagnostic purposes. We are able to provide jpeg versions for clients who would like to have a copy of their animal’s x-ray at home.

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