Longer consultations allow more time for your cat to acclimatise to the consulting room, reducing stress levels for both owner and cat. It also allows more time for discussion and a gentler examination of your cat without feeling rushed.
Our passionate team of nurses will be running clinics to help with you to care for you cat as well as possible, no matter that their age or what condition they have. They will give you guidance on nutrition, environment enrichment, behavioural advice and much more. Nurse consultations include:
- Weight clinics
- Renal clinics (for cats with chronic kidney disease)
- Diabetes clinics
- Senior clinics
Please call the practice for further details.
24-Hour Hospital Care
If your cat needs hospitalisation for their treatment, they will be transferred to our 24/7 hospital at Meir Park. They will be looked after by vets and nurses trained in emergency and critical care, so will be in safe hands.
In-house laboratory testing
At the Lime Trees Cat Clinic we are able to perform a wide range of blood tests without the need to send the blood away to an external laboratory. This speeds up the diagnostic process and is vital in emergencies.
- Haematology (to check red blood cells and white blood cells)
- Biochemistry (to check parameters of organ function, including blood glucose, electrolytes, kidney and liver levels)
- Thyroid hormone testing (over-active thyroid is common in older cats)
- Emergency parameter testing (EPOC test)
- Pancreatitis testing (fPL test)
- Heart disease testing (pro-BNP test)
- FIV and FeLV (two serious infectious diseases) testing
Other diagnostic tests:
- Urine analysis using a computer to check for blood, bacteria or crystals
- Doppler blood pressure (40% of cats over 7 years old have high blood pressure)
- Microscopy to look at samples close-up, including ear swabs, skin scrapes, and fine needle aspirates from lumps
Advanced imaging facilities
We have a full range of imaging equipment to help us diagnose medical and surgical conditions:
Our X-ray machine can be used to assess your cat’s skeleton and to look for problems in the chest and the abdomen. This test is used when investigating illness, or in emergencies such as after a road traffic accident to show extent of the injuries.
Taking x-rays of the teeth is especially important during feline dental procedures. Our dental x-ray machine means we can assess the health of the tooth roots hidden by the gums, helping teeth which need to be extracted. The dental x-ray machine uses tiny x-ray plates that are placed in your cat’s mouth whilst under general anaesthetic.
Ultrasonography and Echocardiography
Our ultrasound machine is used to assess the internal organs. The liver, stomach, spleen, kidneys, intestines and bladder can all be visualised and problems detected without having to perform surgery. If we want to get a sample from one of these organs to send away for analysis, we can use the ultrasound machine to guide a needle to the right place. It can also be used to check for pregnancy.
Using a specialised cardiac probe we can look inside your cat’s heart. Assessment of the size of the heart chambers is essential when diagnosing heart disease in cats. This may be done without the need to sedate your cat - one of our nurses will give them cuddles during the procedure!
Sometimes only looking inside your cat will give us an answer, and we have a piece of kit to do just that. At the Lime Trees Cat Clinic our bronchoscope allows us to look at the back of cats’ throats and down into the lungs. As well as removing any objects which shouldn’t be there, such as grass blades, we can also take sample to diagnose diseases like asthma or lungworm.
Within the Lime Trees group we also have access to a gastroscope to assess inside the gastro-intestinal tract, taking samples or even removing things your cat shouldn’t have eaten.
Computer Tomography (CT)
Within the Lime Trees group we have a top-of-the-range CT scanner. This advanced equipment uses x-ray beams to build a 3D image of the organs and bones, giving better detail than radiography or ultrasonography. It also allows us to look inside the brain for patients with neurological conditions.