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Diagnostic Care



Northlands Animal Care Hospital offers basic imaging for general health issues and pregnancy. Ultrasound works by producing high-frequency sound waves to provide a real-time moving image of your pet’s internal organs.

This procedure is particularly useful for abdominal and bladder scans and can also be used to detect abdominal fluid, tumours, pregnancy and foreign bodies. We can then work towards developing an appropriate treatment plan for you and your pet!



Radiographs (x-rays) are one of the most powerful tools used when diagnosing problems with your pet. X-rays are used to pinpoint the location and severity of bone fractures, detect signs of heart disease, identify tumours and locate foreign bodies (bones, toys, etc.) that may be inside your pet’s stomach, amongst other diagnostic uses.
Digital x-ray technology allows us to produce high-quality images within five seconds. This means less exposure to radiation and less stress for your pets. The image achieved with a high-quality digital x-ray means fast, accurate diagnoses, and the ability to send those images over the internet to specialist radiologists all over the world. This will benefit our patients with complex conditions, as specialist reports will often come back on the same day.

Our new machine is ecologically friendly with no chemical wastage or disposal, no exposure to chemical fumes inhalation for our staff and no storage or x-ray retrieval issues. Our x-ray images can be emailed to you our clients or to other veterinary practices throughout New Zealand.

It is the intention to ensure that the Elbow Dysplasia scheme remains viable – as it has been shown to be effective. Some breeders may choose to use the existing Australian hip-extended schemes rather than PennHIP, however that data is currently not being captured by the NVZA or NZKC and will have to sent to Australia for scoring.



Our in-house lab allows us to provide pre-anaesthetic blood panels, and a range of biochemistry and haematology tests for unwell or geriatric patients. These results are usually available within 15 minutes.

We also provide in-house testing for feline aids, leukaemia and canine parvovirus, among other diseases.

Urine testing and skin, ear, vaginal or lump cytology is available and provides a valuable diagnostic aid to determine the cause of a problem! Urinalysis tests for the presence of crystals, bacteria, yeasts, blood and other cells, and provides information such as urine concentration and pH. Cytology is the investigation of cell types of samples from ears, skin, lumps or fluids to provide diagnostic information to our veterinary team in a non-invasive manner.

Cancer Treatment

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets diagnosed with cancer can successfully beat the disease and go on to lead happy, healthy lives. Pets do not suffer the same side effects associated with chemotherapy as humans. Most animals respond well to chemotherapy treatments. We have partnered with a veterinary oncologist to facilitate appropriate cancer treatments. In addition, we provide palliative care and pain management treatments.

Diabetic Treatment

We have many diabetic patients within the practice, and they can be successfully managed with a close partnership between our clients and our veterinarians.


Radioactive Iodine treatment

Many cats suffer from hyperthyroidism. This condition can be successfully treated with daily tableting, surgery or radioactive iodine treatment. We are fortunate to have a (I131) radioactive treatment ward in the hospital and have treated many cats successfully over the years. When a cat has undergone radioactive iodine treatment they no longer require daily tablets.



We provide the following services to your pet:

  • Pregnancy monitoring
  • Pregnancy ultrasound
  • Emergency caesarean sections
  • Follow-up nursing care and advice
  • Nutrition for all mothers and neonates