Diagnostics

Quick diagnosis and treatment.
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State-of-the-art technology and diagnostics.

At Cobequid Animal Hospital we know that a healthy pet is a happy pet. That’s why our team of trained professionals offer the highest quality care for your furry friend. Our staff treats every pet as if they were our own. We provide care ranging from prevention to diagnosis and treatment.

The health needs of a pet are diverse, so we are equipped with a variety of tools and expertise at our disposal. We provide basic preventive and treatment tools (e.g., examinations, parasite prevention, nutrition) to advanced diagnostics (e.g., radiology, ultrasonography, in-house blood chemistry testing), and treatments (e.g., chemotherapy, acupuncture).

Successful treatment relies upon an accurate diagnosis. The examination can reveal much about your pet’s current condition but often more in-depth approaches are required. We have on hand several diagnostic tools to assess the functioning of your pet’s internal organs:

  • Laboratory Testing
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonography
  • Endoscopy
Laboratory Testing
Our in-house laboratory is equipped with state of the art blood analyzers, able to produce results for two dozen tests within 20 minutes. American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) standards require that our lab follows strict quality control procedures. From simple fecal analysis to more sophisticated chemical analysis, those procedures are clearly standardized in order to produce predictable and reliable results. Our technicians are keen and studious professionals who seek to obtain the most information possible from a sample. We can analyze multiple blood chemicals and cells, allowing us to reach a clear diagnosis. We also have access to multiple referral labs for specialized testing.
Radiology (X-Ray)
We have a modern radiology unit available at all times and maintain the high safety and quality control standards required by AAHA. Our Registered Veterinary Technicians are all qualified x-ray technicians. We can obtain high-quality diagnostic radiographs within the timeframe of your consultation.
Ultrasonography
Commonly referred to as ultrasound, ultrasonography uses sound waves as a non-invasive means to get an actual look at what is going on inside your pet’s body.

Ultrasound is commonly used in monitoring pregnancies, identifying growths or tumors, and verifying the proper functioning of major organs such as the heart.

We frequently receive referrals for ultrasonography from other practices.

Endoscopy
An endoscope is a valuable tool in both diagnosis and treatment. It is an excellent way to examine the interior of the gastrointestinal system (stomach and intestines) without surgery. Because there would be discomfort involved for conscious patients, it is necessary to use general anesthesia in cases where endoscopy is required. An access channel in the endoscope allows us to biopsy suspicious growths in the body while also providing the ability to retrieve and extract foreign objects that may be lodged in the throat or stomach.
Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy in veterinary medicine is much different than in human medicine

Chemotherapy is an option for many animals faced with the devastating diagnosis of cancer. Chemotherapy is generally a palliative procedure, although some cancers are much more sensitive to the chemo and can achieve a cure.

In veterinary medicine, we are not giving the high toxic doses of drugs that are given in human medicine, attempting to destroy the cancers. In veterinary medicine, we give therapeutic doses of chemo to extend the animal’s life, and to give the animal a better quality of life, but we don’t necessarily expect to reach a cure.

Because of this, animals do not experience nausea frequently associated with chemotherapy – such as vomiting or diarrhea – nor do they experience hair loss. Animals generally handle chemotherapy very well and tend to have very few side effects, if any at all! Most chemotherapy drugs are given intravenously, but some are given orally.

If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, chemotherapy may be worth your consideration – it can help to extend the time and quality of life for your pet, and therefore for you as well.

We treat your pets as if they were our own.

Address

15 Cobequid Road
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia B4C 2M9
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Hours

Mon-Fri: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Contact

Phone902-865-8110
Fax: 902-865-3759
Emailinfo@cobequidanimalhospital.com
In case of emergency:
We are a Member Hospital in the Metro Animal Emergency Clinic service. For emergencies occurring outside of business hours, please contact the Emergency Clinic directly by phoning (902) 468-0674. The Metro Area Emergency Clinic is open 24 hours. MAEC is located in Burnside Industrial Park at 201 #32 Brownlow Ave.
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