Here at Maypole Veterinary Centre we're able to perform and interpret a number of diagnostic tests to accurately determine the nature of your pet’s illness.


Ultrasound is used to provide images of the organs, enabling our Veterinary Surgeons to assess their size, structure and function. At our practices we have a dedicated ultrasound rooms to perform examinations.

Abdominal ultrasound is used to look for pregnancy and also to check the liver, spleen, stomach, intestines, kidneys, bladder and genital tract. This can be a useful test, for example when looking for causes of vomiting and diarrhoea. Ultrasound can also be used to guide sampling of abnormal areas.

Radiography (X-ray)

Here at Maypole we have digital radiography, allowing us to take quick, accurate x-rays with good diagnostic quality.

X-ray is commonly used to assess for broken bones, but can also be used to look for causes of breathing problems and abdominal diseases such as obstruction with a foreign body.

Contrast radiography (where dye is used to highlight a problem area on x-ray) is also available.

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure in dogs and cats is measured in a similar way to humans. We have blood pressure kits available for routine diagnosis of high blood pressure, and also for monitoring of unwell patients or those undergoing anaesthesia.

Laboratory Tests

Blood and urine tests are very useful and commonly utilised diagnostic tools.

We have a fully functioning in-house’ laboratory, where most tests can be run on site. This allows us to provide prompt answers when something is wrong with your pet. We can also analyse cytological samples, such as aspirates taken from lumps and bumps, in-house. There is even a dedicated courier service to transport any samples which need to be analysed at an external laboratory.

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