Routine pet care
Our Consultations and examinations, vaccinations, microchip insertion, puppy care, weight checks, nail clipping as well as other routine procedures are carried out during our daily clinics which are run by an appointment system. Please refer to our pet healthcare links for further information regarding these services.
We operate on animals for a wide range of reasons-sometimes as a preventative e.g. spaying/neutering but also as a treatment of various illnesses. We have a fully equipped operating theatre on our premises and our vets are also registered with the ESVPS following a 2 year postgraduate course which enables us to offer an extensive range of surgeries including orthopaedics and advanced soft tissue surgery.
A full preoperative examination is performed on our patients and they receive dedicated nursing care throughout the operation and during recovery. Our surgeries are performed under gas anaesthesia which is the gold standard of anaesthetics. These measures ensure that the risk to your pet is kept to a minimum and recovery time is much smoother and faster.
Most of our patients are therefore able to go home the same day as their surgeries. All our clients are discharged with post-op advice and a contact number for our vet on call should you have any concerns for your pet.
Plaque and tartar affecting your pet’s teeth can be removed using ultrasonic descaling equipment under general anaesthesia. Following examination, and sometimes x-rays, we can also decide whether extractions need to be performed or if further treatment will be necessary.
Modern dental equipment makes this procedure much faster and easier on your pet and most pets are able to return home the same day as their dental procedure.
Our diagnostic imaging room allows us to see further into your animal through the use of x-rays and ultrasound. These are non-invasive techniques and therefore cause minimum distress to your pet whilst giving us vital clues about the patient’s ailment.
Radiographs/X-rays can provide us with a lot of information about our patients. Road traffic accidents often result in severe injuries including fractured bones but also extensive soft tissue injuries internally. Radiographs allow us to diagnose these conditions accurately and to plan the best course of treatment. However, we can also use radiographs to examine other body systems such as the urinary tract for bladder stones or for hypoplastic (small) kidneys. The heart can also be measured under GA using this diagnostic imaging technique helping us to treat cardiac(heart) conditions along with the use of ultrasound.
Our small animal ultrasound machine is very useful when investigating internal medicine cases such as liver or heart disease and to assess response to treatment in these cases. Cystitis (bladder inflammation), pregnancy, womb infections, pancreatitis, abdominal masses and ascites (abnormal levels of fluid in the abdomen) are all conditions that can be investigated through this technique allowing us to better treat your pet. We can even sometimes perform ultrasound guided biopsies or aspirates thereby eliminating the need for a costly surgery.
The microscope is often our first port of call when investigating various conditions and associated tests can be performed quickly and cheaply during your pet’s consultation.
Skin scrapes and hair plucks can help us to quickly identify if parasites are bothering your pet. Ear problems can be more efficiently investigated using a simple and quick swab and stain which can provide very useful information about what type of infection is affecting your pet’s skin and therefore the best antibiotic for it.
A reasonably accurate assessment of the optimal time to breed your bitch can also be made using a swab of cells and examining it under the microscope.
Examination of urine samples with magnification gives us clues as to the cause of urinary problems through examining it for crystals and cells.
Blood tests can tell us a huge amount about your pet and are often the first step in investigating a health problem. It will tell us about liver and kidney function, whether your pet is fighting an infection or if we need to consider a hormonal problem. A full range of diagnostic tests is offered by Moate Pet Clinic using the Veterinary Laboratory Services of Ireland (VLSI).
We also offer histopathology through VLSI. When we remove lumps/masses from your pet we need to send them for analysis to see what caused them and if we need to be more aggressive with our treatment. A histopathologist will examine the cells within the mass thereby uncovering the cause of the problem. Histopathology is also frequently used in the investigation of skin diseases following skin biopsies.