At Best Friends Veterinary Group we have a wide range of medical and surgical equipment.
- Digital Radiography
- Blood Pressure
The majority of our larger surgeries have a digital radiography machine installed. This is a more modern and efficient way of taking radiographs with higher quality images We are able to change the view and alter contrast as necessary, which means we take fewer radiographs and therefore reduce the length of anaesthesia time for your pet.
One of the most common ways of measuring your pet’s health is by checking its blood pressure. As with humans, low or high blood pressures can indicate possible health issues and we measure your pets as we would yours. Our surgeries have Doppler blood pressure for this important screening process, which can point to medical problems, which may need medication. This is why it is vital to have your pet regularly checked.
Best Friends Veterinary Group’s Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Peterborough and Shenfield are fully equipped to deal with orthopaedic surgeries. These also include a Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) and a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO). The first procedure is performed in the treatment of dogs who are suffering from hip dysplasia. The second is performed in the treatment of a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament injury. Spinal surgery is also performed. Fracture repair using internal and external fixation is also routinely undertaken.
The endoscopes used in the practice are highly sophisticated pieces of equipment. They are used to look inside the patient's body cavities without being invasive. They work by transmitting light from a light source to illuminate the body cavity and transmitting the resulting image to the veterinary surgeon. Not only is the endoscope used to examine the patient's internal anatomy but some may also be used to collect fluid and tissue samples as well as undertaking surgical procedures. This is a modern way of obtaining samples without an invasive procedure being performed and therefore much less stressful to yourselves and your pet. The advantage of giving your pet an endoscopy, available in our larger surgeries, is that our vets can anaesthetise your pet to perform an internal test without the need for invasive surgery, which can be traumatic for animals. It means that at a glance your vet can assess whether or not your pet needs surgery.
Ultrasonography is used within the practice to examine the soft tissues within the patient’s thoracic or abdominal cavities. This equipment may be used to obtain a definitive diagnosis following blood investigations and radiographs. In most cases, ultrasonography may be performed in conscious patients, however sometimes sedation is required when examining, particularly in cats and stressed patients. The ultrasound may also be used to detect pregnancies, and examine tendons, tendon sheaths and large joints like the stifle joint (knee joint).
We have a state of the art Class IV K-laser machine. This machine uses different wavelengths of laser light to stimulate a therapeutic effect within the body. These include increased circulation, decreased swelling, reduction of pain and enhanced tissue repair. K-laser can be used with the majority of other treatments. Generally, patients will feel a pleasant warm sensation during treatment. This makes it ideal to treat conditions such as: Osteoarthritis, post-surgical pain, surgical wounds, hip dysplasia and to encourage healing of chronic wounds. Treatment will be tailored to your pet after an initial consultation with one of our fully trained K-laser staff.