Here at Avon Lodge, your pets’ care is our foremost priority. The equipment below, together with the investment of our highly trained vets and nurses, ensures we give all our patients the very best standards of medical, surgical, diagnostic and critical care.
In House Laboratory
We have a full time laboratory technician who works exclusively in our fully equipped modern laboratory.
This enables nearly all blood tests to be analysed in house on the same day as sampling, allowing seriously ill patients and emergency admissions to be assessed and treated within 2 hours.
Routine admissions will be discussed on an individual basis with your vet but we generally advise that all senior patients (those over 8 years old) have pre-anaesthetic screening blood tests to check liver and kidney function, blood proteins, blood glucose, red and white blood cells and platelet counts. We try to sample well ahead of the scheduled admission day so that any results which may need further discussion can be fully ascertained and discussed.
All urine, faecal, skin and bacterial analysis is done in house, allowing fast and efficient reporting to owners.
There are only a few tests that we need to send away to an external laboratory (eg tissue biopsies and some specific blood tests). These are sent by overnight courier and results are emailed back to the practice as soon as the tests are completed.
We have a brand new digital X-ray machine. No chemicals are used in the developing process and the computerised X-rays appear within 30 seconds of taking the film. This is designed to minimise the time our patients are kept under anaesthesia or sedation and the X-rays can be computer enhanced to maximise interpretation of the critical areas.
The X-rays can also be referred by email to a radiologist for specialised reading or loaded onto a laptop to demonstrate our findings to the client in the consult room.
We have just invested in a brand new fibre optic endoscope. This is a long flexible, fibre optic tube with a camera. This allows us to visualise the trachea and lower airway in the lungs and the oesophagus and stomach or colon of the digestive tract. It is used to identify foreign bodies, parasitic nodules, tumours or ulcers and take biopsies if indicated.
This allows irrigation and lavage of infected body cavities e.g. in the surgical treatment of peritonitis Orthopaedic Instrumentation
Fractures of bones usually occur following trauma e.g. a fall or car accident. We use either internal or external fixation depending on the type and position of the fracture which allows us to treat some of the most complicated fractures without the need for referral to a specialised orthopaedic surgeon.
Ultrasound is a method of viewing internal organs by passing sound waves at them. This allows examination of the heart and internal valves, abdomen, uterus and bladder. It is extremely useful when used in conjunction with X-rays to confirm the presence of absence of abnormalities or tumours. It is also used for pregnancy diagnosis.
If during the course of an examination your vet finds an irregular heartbeat, we can offer an ECG. This is a very simple and pain free procedure with small clips placed on the elbows and knees so that electrical activity through the heart can be recorded. It is also used during major operations as part of our patient monitoring.
We have a compressed air driven dental machine that has a high speed drill for precise tooth and root extraction, a sonic descaler and a low speed polisher. Our highly specialised dental X-ray machine allows us to radiograph skull and tooth roots very precisely looking for signs of damage or decay.
Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Monitoring Equipment
We have a machine that is used on all patients undergoing lengthy general anaesthetics or major surgery that simultaneously measures and displays vital information about the patient whilst anaesthetised. It shows heart rate, blood pressure, ECG, core body temperature and respiratory rate all on the same digital colour screen and thereby allows the nurses to constantly monitor the patient and be alert for the slightest early warning sign. It makes our anaesthetics as safe as possible. We use similar machines for monitoring of animals in critical conditions.
Rapid Blood Analysis Machine
This allows rapid assessment of blood parameters for emergency and critical care patients giving results with 2 minutes.
Computerised Intravenous Infusion Pumps
These electronically driven pumps allow very precise adjustments and continuous flow to intravenous fluids when given to hospitalised patients or those under going long and complicated surgery.
Warm Air Blanket
A special warm air blower gently pumps warm air into a soft bed supporting the patient during surgery. Convective warm air is passed through soft, flexible fabric bedding which contours around the patient. This is especially important for small pets or those undergoing lengthy major surgery. It is also used to support serious ill pets or those recovering from surgery.