Being able to ‘see’ inside the body is often the key to finding out what is wrong with your pet. By using x-rays and/or ultrasound we can look at different organs and parts of the body.
X-rays are best for seeing problems with bones and joints, the lungs and some parts of the abdomen. Ultrasound enables us to examine the heart and abdomen in more detail, for example looking at the health of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, intestines and bladder.
All of our surgeries have ultrasound scanning facilities. Simon Davies, Veterinary Surgeon, at our Warwick Small Animal Hospital, has a special interest and certificate in this area of 'Diagnostic Imaging', taking referrals from vets locally and further afield when more complex imaging procedures are required. Ultrasound scans can usually be performed in conscious animals.
All of our surgeries have digital x-ray machines which produce detailed images for our vets to interpret and allow us to store all x-rays on computer, reducing the space taken up by x-ray film. We can also email the files directly to specialists if the pet is referred or an expert report is needed.
For our staff and your pet's safety, any animal having x-rays will usually be under general anaesthetic or sedation, this also helps gain better pictures that have the best chance of showing the problem and giving us a diagnosis.
Our endoscopes are highly specialised pieces of equipment which enable us to examine the respiratory or gastrointestinal systems without resorting to surgery.
We can use them to remove small foreign bodies from the oesophagus and stomach, take biopsies of the stomach, top of small intestine and large intestine to send for specialist examination, at an external laboratory.They can also be used to remove foreign material from the throat and lungs, take a sample of cells from the lungs, or simply have a good look at the colour and texture of these areas, which can help us to reach a diagnosis and enable us to treat your pet as required.
Our endoscopes are kept at the Warwick surgery but we are able to transport them to the other surgeries if required.