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We have a wide range of In-house Laboratory Facilities which allows us to provide immediate backup for our healthcare.


Dental Care

Blackwater Veterinary Clinic has a fully equipped dental station for cats and dogs and other pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Dental descaling, extractions and dental polishing are carried out here while the pet is under anesthetic.


Blood Sampling

Pets make much less of a fuss about this than we would. The information we can gain from our in-house fully equipped laboratory is significant. Results for many tests are guaranteed within 24 hours or, on a rare occasion, we may need to send a blood sample to an external laboratory for specialised analysis or a very specific test which may take a little longer.


Urine Analysis

A lot of important information can be gleamed from a urine sample and it's a quick and easy way to get an idea about an animals' general health. On occasion the urine must be sent to an external laboratory.



We use the microscope for a variety of different reasons such as searching for mites on a skin scraping from an itchy dog.


Digital X-ray

We have our own in-house digital X-ray machine and facilities when required. Typical situations for taking X-rays would be of a suspected internal injury, a broken leg or in the vomiting puppy where the owner has noticed a child's toy missing! It is quite astounding what dogs manage to swallow! Our x-ray facilities are the same as those used in human hospitals. Because our x-rays are digital it is possible for us to email them to a specialist radiologist in Dublin for a second opinion within 24 hours if required.


Ultrasound Imaging

Like in humans we use this for scanning for pregnancy in pets. Although it is not possible to tell the exact number of pups or kittens to expect (they usually all lie on top of each other which make it difficult to count) we can show you heartbeats and developing skeletons. It is a good way to confirm pregnancy in the early stages. We also use ultrasonography to visualise internal organs when we suspect there may be a problem for example, bladder stones. It is a good way of letting us know what to expect before surgery.



We provide all the necessary surgical treatments and hospitalisation required for complete healthcare. Surgery can be: 

  • Elective - for example neutering, dental hygiene, lump removal.
  • Necessary for treatment - for example removal of stones from bladder or a swallowed sock from the intestine!
  • Emergency - such as internal bleeding or a blocked bladder.

Regardless of which situation your pet may find itself in, you can be assured that we carry out surgery to the highest standards possible.

Prior to surgery your vet will discuss your pet's particular situation and surgery, including all advantages and foreseen risks. Remember to ask as many questions as possible so you can help in your pet's speedy recovery.


Anesthesia and Surgery

This is a broad topic that often evokes apprehension with most pet owners. We make anesthesia as safe as possible in all our patients. Anesthetic regimes are tailored to the individual pet to make sure that whatever their state of health the anesthetic is as safe as possible for their situation. Catherine our nurse continuously monitors the pet during anesthesia and recovery. Recovery after  anesthetic is usually quicker than expected by the owner. After a full general anesthetic and recovery, the pet will often walk out of the clinic like normal, much to their owner's delight. If we have any specific concerns about the health of your pet prior to the anesthetic, we will often advise a blood sample for a check of internal functioning of liver and kidneys, particularly in older animals. We may advise the use of a drip to help support them during anesthetic if we think it is advisable. If we have any specific concern about the health of your pet prior to the anesthetic we will be pleased to discuss these with you or any concerns you may have about anesthetics and your pet.



Should your pet, at some stage, be in the position to be hospitalised, you can be assured that they are in the best of care. We know when we are sick ourselves, we need a lot more love, attention and encouragement as well as medical support such as drips, special medication and care. We aim to provide these to ensure your pet's quickest recovery. Our vets and Catherine our nurse are dedicated to monitoring and care of your pet during their stay with us.