A large part of the veterinarian’s work is to diagnose illness and disease. To do this they must perform various procedures to find out what the cause of the illness or disease is. Such procedures our vets perform include:
At Pacific Vetcare we have various diagnostic imaging equipment including digital x-ray, ultrasound and endoscope. These imaging machines are vital in assisting veterinarians to make a diagnosis and to then formulate a treatment plan. We can use these machines on almost any animal, from birds to reptiles, domestic pets, horses, native wildlife and even sea turtles!
Ultrasound uses sound waves to create pictures of features inside of the body. The Ultrasound machine emits high-frequency sound waves toward the part of the body being screened. When those waves bounce back, the “echo” creates a picture that’s recorded. The technique is similar to the echolocation used by bats, whales and dolphins.
Pacific Vetcare has modern state of the art Ultrasound machines which are operated by our highly trained veterinarians to help us diagnose or detect abnormalities and various conditions in our patients.
Pacific Vetcare welcomes and regularly performs ultrasounds for and on behalf of other referring veterinary practices where a full report and diagnosis can be arranged upon request.
Common cases that we use Ultrasound technology to help with our diagnosis include:-
- Pregnancy:- Gestational Age, Fetal well being
- Heart:- Dilated and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Mitral Valve Endocardiosis
- Liver:- Metabolic Enlargement, Cancer, Chirrosis, Fibrosis
- Bladder:- Cancer, Infections, Stones,Rupture
- Kidney:- Insufficiency,Infection, Obstruction, Acute Toxicity,Stones
- Spleen:- Torsion, Cancer, Haematoma
- Abdominal:- Lymph Node Enlargement, Abdo Fluid (detection and sampling)
- Gastro-Intestinal:- Cancer, Inflammation, Obstruction
- Scanning Tendons
- Joints & Swellings
Our Coffs Harbour hospital manages the majority our pathology work. We have a dedicated laboratory which contains various machines enabling us to test for such things as an animal’s organ functions and haematology (blood count). We use our pathology machines for diagnostic purposes, for specialist or large scale testing we will also use outside laboratories.
To diagnose many diseases our vets need to assess the function of the animal’s heart. To do this they use a machine called an electrocardiograph (ECG). The ECG machine monitors the electrical activity generated by the heart when it contracts and produces data which is recorded and shown either on a screen or printed on paper. The veterinarian will then interpret this data to see whether the function of heart is normal or if there are irregularities.
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