Blood Testing

EQUIPMENT- HAEMATOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY MACHINE, CENTRIFUGE, TEST KITS FOR THE DETECTION OF FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS, FELINE LEUKAEMIA VIRUS.

We offer pre-anesthetic blood tests, general health profiles and geriatric screens to ensure your pet is healthy.

In addition we have the facilities and equipment to test for hormonal diseases such as under-active/over-active thyroid gland, over-active adrenal gland (Cushing¬Āfs), just for example. We also perform specialised blood tests to evaluate liver function.

 

Radiology and Ultrasonography

WE HAVE FULL RADIOLOGICAL FACILITIES FOR TAKING GOOD QUALITY DIAGNOSTIC X-RAYS, INCLUDING AN X-RAY MACHINE AND DEVELOPER.
Our x ray machine gets daily use as is it a vital aid in the investigation of many cases, i.e. chest x-rays for coughing, abdominal x-rays for vomiting etc. We also regularly perform hip scores to assess suitability for breeding.

Our x rays are taken and processed at the same time and our vets will give you the results of the x-rays on the day they are performed.

SIMILARLY WE OFFER SAME DAY RESULTS WITH OUR ULTRASOUND PROCEDURE (SCANS) DONE WITH OUR NEW, STATE OF THE ART, HIGH QUALITY ULTRASOUND MACHINE.

 

Surgical

Here at Blackwater we use the latest in surgical equipment. For your pets safety we offer blood tests before their surgery to rule out any underlying conditions that may affect their anaesthetic. Only the safest anaesthetics are used. We have extensive experience with soft tissue surgeries from spaying and neutering to more complex surgeries. We also perform orthopaedic surgeries, we have all general orthopaedic equipment for more routine or simpler operations such as, Intra-medullar pinning in some fractures.

We do our utmost to make sure your pet’s procedure is comfortable and stress-free. During surgery your pet is given injectable pain relief and is also sent home with oral pain medication to ensure that your pet is as comfortable as possible.

 

Dental

At our hospital, we have the very latest in veterinary dental technology. New research is showing that tartar accumulation and associated gum disease can have devastating effects on an animal's overall health.