Fully Equipped Surgeries
As well as the familiar diagnostic tools of stethoscope and thermometer, Penbode Pet Vets have access to a range of additional diagnostic aids.
All Pets branches of Penbode Vets use Digital radiography. This gives rapid radiograph processing, fantastic image quality, and allows images to be sent electronically, if needed, for specialist inter-pretation.
All branches have in-house diagnostic laboratory equipment which allows comprehensive blood and urine testing to be carried out very quickly, which can be vital in an emergency situation. More spe-cialist testing can be done at the Stratton surgery where our hospitalised cases require close moni-toring.
Ultrasound examination is an increasing asset to the Veterinary diagnostic toolbox. Penbode has many ultrasound scanners including a very high powered portable laptop version with colour dop-pler imaging. This machine is favoured by those of our vets carrying out echocardiography (ultra-sound examination of the heart), but a selection of ultrasound probes allow for a wide range of ap-plications from pregnancy diagnosis to examining the spleen to imaging the eye.
Endoscopy is another discipline which we are using more and more to aid clinical diagnosis. Our “portfolio of scopes” includes a large diameter flexible endoscope for gastro-intestinal purposes, a narrow diameter bronchoscope for respiratory system examination, and a rigid rhinoscope for nasal and urinary examination. Endoscopic examination of the body cavities is also achievable with our laparoscopic (key hole surgery) equipment.
Monitoring of anaesthetised pets is carried out by Qualified Veterinary Nurses under Veterinary Surgeon supervision. Additional monitoring is provided by multi-parameter monitors, which provide constant readings of blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, and body temperature.
We maintain and service our equipment regularly, replacing items as required.