specalistsOur number one priority at Ascot Veterinary Surgery is providing the absolute best possible care for your pet at all times. When an animal develops an unusual illness or injury, there is often a need for specialised expertise and equipment to properly diagnose and treat the problem. If your pet has a problem that requires this level of expertise we can refer you to a specialist that has earned our trust and confidence in order to give your pet the best chance of recovery.

Australian registered Veterinary specialists undergo a rigorous training and examination process to obtain their qualifications, and like human specialists are considered to be the epitome of knowledge in their field. We work closely alongside the specialists and together can offer optimum care for pets that required this service.

We are happy to discuss and organise a specialist referral if required for your pet.

Our Surgery is fully equipped to take X-Rays (often called Radiographs) of your pets. X Rays are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen. Our Veterinarians will discuss your pet's case and conduct a thorough health check to determine if your pet requires X-Rays.

Most of our patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have X Rays taken, unless it is an emergency in which case we'll take them immediately. We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as they will most likely be sedated or anaesthetised to allow us to take the best quality X Rays possible. X Rays are developed within minutes and we can read the results straight away.

Pets can't say how they're feeling - its usually how they look or act that tells you something is wrong. Blood testing goes a step further, showing us the earliest signs of illness, often before your pet even seems to be sick. Testing gives us immediate insights that we might not otherwise discover, and so is valuable both when your pet is unwell and also as a routine check.

When is a Blood Test necessary?

Sick and emergency situations. Blood tests provide us with a valuable picture of your pets health and is often the first step when sick or injured pets are brought into the clinic. It helps the Veterinarians make immediate decisions to help treat your pet.

Sick and emergency situations. Blood tests provide us with a valuable picture of your pets health and is often the first step when sick or injured pets are brought into the clinic. It helps the Veterinarians make immediate decisions to help treat your pet.

Pre anaesthetic blood tests. Blood tests are commonly done prior to your pets surgery, dentistry or other procedures and are particularly important in older pets. It lets us know if anaesthesia is safe and allows us to make adjustments if we see anything abnormal. These blood tests are usually performed on the same day as the anaesthesia, making it easy for your pet because it eliminates the need to have your pet fast more than once and reduces the number of trips you need to make to the clinic.

Preventative care screening. Because the signs that your pet is sick are not always obvious, preventative care testing is often recommended as part of your pets annual exam. Preventative care screening not only uncovers disease before it's too late, but also helps you avoid significant medical expenses and risks to your pets health.

Medication Monitoring. Some medications have side effects. Periodic blood tests while your pet is being treated can find these problems early and allow us to make necessary changes.. With other medications, blood tests are needed to ensure that the dosage is appropriate.