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Diagnostics

All of our initial consultations at Moor Cottage are 15 minutes, which allows us to get a thorough history, and a full examination of your pet, to help us determine what is wrong! This consultation is very important in allowing us to form a better idea of any investigations and treatment your pet may need. Should your pet require it, we can then admit them for further investigations to allow us to quickly diagnose and treat them. This way we can get them home well and happy as soon as possible!

Here at Moor Cottage we have an extensive range of high level equipment, which allows us to deal with the majority of investigations to enable us to determine what is wrong with your pet. We have a team of experienced vets, with differing interests, from soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, to internal medicine and ophthalmology. This means we can diagnose and treat the majority of cases on site, without the need for referring elsewhere. In addition to our own team, we are also able to offer in-house referrals in both dermatology and cardiology with visiting Certificate holding vets.

Radiography & ultrasound

X-rays and ultrasound images are looked at in a special 'blacked out' imaging room. We have the most up to date digital X-ray facilities, and have recently extended this to include a specific digital X-ray machine just for dentistry. Our ultrasound includes colour flow doppler, a feature which enables detailed examination of blood flow, especially important for cardiac investigations.

We often combine X-ray and ultrasound, as they allow us to visualise the internal structures of the body in different ways. By using both together we can often build up a more detailed picture of what is going on inside. For example, ultrasound is very useful for looking inside the heart chambers themselves, whereas X-ray will give us far more information about the lung fields; so by combining the two we can more thoroughly investigate the chest as a whole.

Ultrasound can also be used to assist with guided sample taking. If your pet has a lump, including those internally, we are sometimes able to take a needle sample or biopsy under ultrasound guidance. By using the ultrasound to direct the needle into the lump, we are sometimes able to take samples directly from the lump under sedation rather than requiring a general anaesthetic.

Dental radiography unit

Dental investigation and treatment is a very important part of animal welfare. Many animals struggle on with undiagnosed dental disease, but are significantly happier after dental treatment! When you realise that a tooth is like an iceberg, with the majority of it invisible under the surface of the gum, there is great potential to miss damaged and thus painful roots. Our new digital dental X-ray machine allows us to thoroughly investigate dental disease, by allowing targeted X-ray rays of teeth and their roots. This can dramatically alter treatment; some roots can be treated medically, whilst others need surgical removal. The overall result is an animal that is pain free and enable to continue a happy life!

Endoscopy

Endoscopy is essentially a small camera on the end of a long tube, which enables us to look inside certain parts of the body. We have two fibre-optic scopes of different diameters. One is primarily used to visualise the inside of the bowel (stomach, duodenum, and colon) by passing it through the mouth and into the gastrointestinal tract. The other, thinner, endoscope, called a bronchoscope, allows us to evaluate much narrower areas such as the airways in cats and small dogs.

Not only can we visualise the inside of the gut but, by using special instruments, we can take biopsies or sometimes remove foreign material without the need for a major surgical operation. This means that your pet recovers more quickly, without the risks associated with abdominal surgery.

The bronchoscope used to look down the airways can help with more accurate and safer sampling of fluids or tissues within the lungs, often taking much less time and as a result much less anaesthetic. Another major advantage is the ability to retrieve some foreign bodies such as inhaled grass-seeds from within the airways, avoiding open chest surgery which again reduces the risk and aids recovery time for your pet.

ECG

An ECG, or electrocardiogram is a tool which enables us to check the heart’s electrical function. Such examinations are undertaken in a quiet purpose-built blackout room whilst patients are conscious, allowing us to assess the heart rate, rhythm and electrical activity. This is often performed in conjunction with X-rays and ultrasound scanning to provide a full picture of heart function.

We can also use the ECG as part of our anaesthetic monitoring regime, allowing us to accurately monitor the heart rate and rhythm whilst your pet is anaesthetised. This is particularly useful not only on elderly and critical patients, but also those with known underlying heart disease.

Ophthalmological investigations

We have a wide range of very precise and accurate optical instruments, which help us view the internal and external structures of the eye, as well as being able to measure eye pressure ( important in the diagnosis of glaucoma). Such examinations are undertaken in a purpose built quiet blackout room whilst patients are conscious. With one of the Veterinary team holding a Certificate in Ophthalmology, we are not only able to perform a thorough medical investigation into eye conditions, but also we can undertake more technical surgical procedures.