Diagnostics

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Laboratory Testing

Our laboratory is very well equipped. We employ a full time laboratory technician to make sure that our laboratory techniques are consistent of the highest standard. We also maintain links with laboratories in the UK and Germany to allow us to run special tests like the rabies blood test that is a requirement of import into many countries, like the UK and Australia.

  • StooI intestinal worm checks
  • Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) blood tests for cats
  • Complete blood counts
  • Screening organ function tests - for liver, kidney, pancreas, blood sugar, etc.
  • Urinalysis testing
  • Cytology of ears, tumors, vaginal smears
  • Blood gases
  • Blood clotting
  • The list is long. Part of the reason being that we believe that diagnosis comes before treatment. This philosophy we believe cures more patients than trial treatments and is better for patient welfare.

Endoscopy

Video-endoscopic imaging of the internal organs allows us to look inside the stomach, intestinal tract, trachea and lungs without major surgery. We can remove foreign objects or take biopsies to help diagnose chronic problems without major surgery.

Video and Fiberoptic Endoscopy Services

  • We utilize video-endoscopy in the majority of our referral procedures. This allows us to send COLOR pictures of the procedure back to the referring veterinarian. We can document lesions and problems for your records and for future reference when monitoring progression of disease.
  • Clinical applications of endoscopy: examples
  • EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) - this procedure evaluates the esophagus, stomach and duodenum into the jejunum. We obtain multiple biopsies of the mucosal surfaces. Any dog or cat with chronic vomiting or diarrhea is a potential candidate after the initial blood work, urinalysis and appropriate radiographs. Inflammatory bowel disease is very common in middle and older age patients.
  • Colonoscopy - This procedure is often done in combination with EGD for chronic weight loss and soft, mucoid stools. Hematochezia and tenesmus are primary indications for colonoscopy after ruling our parasites (whipworms). Multiple biopsies are always obtained. Colonic polyps, neoplasia and fungal diseases are easily diagnosed with this procedure.
  • Bronchoscopy - any chronic bronchitis or chronic coughing patient is a candidate for bronchoscopy. We evaluate the primary and secondary bronchii as far down as possible. We will take brush cytology samples and perform broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL) on almost all cases. This fluid is submitted for cytopathology and culture.
  • Rhinoscopy - patients with unilateral or chronic bilateral discharge need further evaluation than just radiographs. We can examine the nasal and pharyngeal areas with the smaller endoscopes. Obtain biopsies when indicated and perform brush cytology . Neoplasia and fungal diseases are likely ruleouts for these patients.
  • Cystoscopy - we have the ability to evaluate larger canine patients with flexible endoscopy for examining the urethra and bladder. Ectopic ureters can be ruled out in young animals. Biopsies are obtained of the bladder wall.
  • Percutaneous gastrotomy tubes - PEG tubes can be placed in cats and dogs for long term nutritional support. Feline hepatic lipidosis, cancer therapy or any problem with anorexia may benefit from a PEG tube for proper nutritional support.
  • Percutaneous gastrotomy tubes - PEG tubes can be placed in cats and dogs for long term nutritional support. Feline hepatic lipidosis, cancer therapy or any problem with anorexia may benefit from a PEG tube for proper nutritional support.

Ultrasound

We have the latest technology in ultrasound equipment. This allows much greater diagnostic capabilities on your pet. We can see into the abdomen and examine the kidneys, liver, prostate or uterus. Ultrasound is the best way to evaluate the heart for diseases, allowing optimal treatment. We can examine the eyes for tumors, abscesses or retinal problems. Pregnancy examinations with ultrasound is the safest and earliest method of detection. We utilize ultrasound to guide biopsies of the internal organs or masses in the body.

  • Echocardiology & Thoracic ultrasound- We provide complete cardiac and thoracic ultrasound services. This includes Doppler interrogation of vascular/valvular problems. A complete written report of the 2-D and m-mode measurements with interpretation is provided to the referring veterinarian. Ultrasound guided pericardiocentesis and lung or mediastinal mass fine needle aspiration is routinely performed.
  • Abdominal Ultrasound - We provide any abdominal ultrasound service your pet may need. Adrenal and pancreatic scans are routinely performed. Fine needle aspiration guided by ultrasound of any mass or organ is easily and quickly performed. Stomach and intestinal ultrasound has all but replaced barium swallow and radiographs (motility studies excluded). Intussusceptions are readily detected with ultrasound. GI tract neoplasia is often diagnosed with fine needle aspiration. Porto-systemic shunts can be recognized with ultrasound. We can perform 18 gauge core biopsies if the case dictates the need.
  • Ocular sonograms - ultrasound is very effective to diagnose detached retinas, luxated lenses, intraocular masses / retrobulbar neoplasia or abscesses.

Clinical indications for you using this diagnostic tool (not totally inclusive):

  • Any type of heart disease: Echocardiograms will stage the severity of the heart condition which dictates the needed therapy and establishes a prognosis. True myocardial function in dogs with mitral valvular disease can be obtained with the end systolic volume index. Again, appropriate information will dictate proper therapy! Early diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy in Dobermans is essential. Once you suspect it or have noticed 1 VPC (yes even 1)on a ECG, the next step is an echocardiogram. All cats with hyperthyroidism should be screened for hypertrophic myocardial disease. We also include blood pressure measurements with any cardiac or endocrine case. Thoracic ultrasound is important in lung masses, pleural effusions, mediastinal diseases.
  • Hepatic disease: This is very important! You can not treat liver disease correctly based upon only enzyme values!!! We recommend that pre and post bile acids be performed and if abnormal values are noted then this certainly dictates the need for hepatic ultrasound and biopsy. Evaluation of the gal bladder and bile ducts along with other abdominal concerns is important in every case! Pancreatitis is the most common cause of obstructive biliary tract disease (increasing total bilirubin levels). In cats the severity of hepatic lipidosis is important to know for appropriately aggressive therapy. The cholangiohepatitis complex of cats can be a frustrating disease to treat if you do not have the specific diagnosis.
  • Renal and Bladder disease: Ultrasound and fine needle aspirations of the kidneys are needed to truly diagnose acute renal failure. This will allow a more specific treatment plan. Ruling out concerns like amyloidosis and pyelonephritis is also a benefit of needle aspirates and cultures of urine directly from the renal pelvis. Bladder ultrasound is important in evaluating the lining and neck of bladder for masses or calculi.
  • Adrenal disease: Visualization of the adrenals is important when diagnosing hyperadrenocorticism. This is the most specific way to rule out adrenal tumors.
  • Pancreas: Ultrasound examination is the most specific and quickest way to diagnose pancreatitis (the TLI has a long turn around time). You cannot diagnose pancreatitis based upon an elevated lipase and/or amylase (they are only suggestive at best). Ultrasound allows the visualization of the pancreatic tissue and surrounding areas - looking for abdominal ascites, pancreatic calcifications and dilated pancreaticoduodenal vein along with the sonographic parenchymal changes of the pancreas. We can also rule out pancreatic cysts and abscesses.
  • Spleen: Enlarged spleens are often encountered in geriatric patients. The sonogram allows examination for masses, cysts, enlargement and parenchymal changes. Benign splenic nodular hyperplasia is a common occurrence in small animals and can easily be confused with cancer. Fine needle biopsies are extremely important to rule out neoplasia, septic splenitis and other causes of splenomegaly.
  • Reproductive Organs: Uterine, ovarian, prostatic and testicular masses and/or enlargement is easily noted. Many times prostatic enlargement needs ultrasound evaluation for biopsy. This helps rule out cysts, abscesses and neoplasia, each having very different treatments and prognosis for recovery.

Radiology

  • Complete X-ray capabilities - including dental radiographs and digital radiography
  • Special procedures – myelograms, excretory urogram, pneumocystogram
  • Barium studies
  • Digital Xrays – we can email Xray images to you or to a specialist in another part of the world.
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British Veterinary Centre


Important Notification
Please note: From the 6th of January, our Khalifa City Branch will be open from 0900-1600 every Friday and closed Saturday.


Abu Dhabi | United Arab Emirates

T: +971 (2) 665-0085
F: +971 (2) 665-5118
E: info@britvet.ae


Khalifa City | United Arab Emirates

T: +971 (2) 550-4111
E: info_kc@britvet.ae


Emergency: 050 823 0780
(Emergency Number when practices are closed - Only at the Khalidiya branch, Abu Dhabi City)

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