Diagnostics, Operations & In-patients

Your pet will receive the greatest possible care throughout diagnosis, treatment and recovery


Bay Vets - Dog HealthIf your pet has an unexplained problem, you want it to be dealt with quickly, efficiently and effectively. You want the most suitable vet to see your four legged friend so that you can trust the most accurate diagnosis is made and treatment given.

At Bay Vets our teams are made up of dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about animals. As well as highly skilled surgeons and nurses, only the most advanced diagnostic and surgical equipment will be used to get your pet back to their best.

We have a great number of facilities at Bay Vets that enable us to diagnose, treat and care for your furry friend. They include:

An in-house laboratory

Our lab is well equipped and has some of the latest haematology and biochemistry analysers for rapid on-site blood test results. This means that we can diagnose and treat your animal quickly.

Before your pet is anaesthetised we recommend a pre-anaesthetic blood test, just to ensure that your animal is in good health.

X-Ray (Radiography)

Radiography involves firing x-rays through a subject to expose a special photograph. Dense structures, such as bone, allow less x-rays through than softer tissues. This is reflected in the image produced when an x-ray is taken.

We have x-ray facilities at our Lancaster and Morecambe surgeries; including state of the art digital x-ray machines.

Obtaining high quality images rapidly helps us to reduce the amount of time your pet is anaesthetised or sedated.


Ultrasound is the use and analysis of sound waves passing into and reflecting out of the body. This non-invasive procedure allows us to look at your pet’s internal organs.

Ultrasound scanning is commonly used for pregnancy diagnosis (as in humans), and examination of the heart, liver, kidneys, spleen and other organs.

Animals rarely need to be anaesthetised for ultrasound examination which is particularly advantageous to sick or old animals.


By using long bundles of fibre optic cables we are able to look directly inside your pet’s body. Endoscopy is particularly helpful to view or biopsy parts of the body that are hard to reach; for example, the stomach, bowel and respiratory tract.

We have two different sized endoscopes at Bay Vets.


Taking electro-cardiograms (ECGs) is a non-invasive procedure that measures electrical impulses across the heart. ECGs are useful in diagnosis and monitoring of heart disease.

Measuring blood pressure

Similarly to humans, monitoring an animal’s blood pressure is a non-invasive procedure that helps in the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions; for example, heart disease.

Operating theatre

Our operating theatres are used for sterile procedures such as internal and orthopaedic surgery. Your pet will be carefully monitored by our trained nurses throughout the duration of their operation.

We use rapid acting anaesthetic and sophisticated monitoring equipment to enhance safety and recovery from anaesthesia.

Routine operations such as neutering and dental work are performed at all of our surgeries. More complicated procedures take place at our Lancaster and Morecambe branches only.


We have a Class IV therapeutic laser which can be useful in a range of conditions from arthritis to ear problems. A beam of laser light is emitted which deeply penetrates tissue without damaging it. Laser energy induces a biological response in the cells called ‘photo-bio-stimulation ‘which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation and increased healing speed.


We have warm and comfortable kennelling and cattery spaces at all of our surgeries to keep cats and dogs separated and relaxed whilst they recover. We also have isolation facilities for animals that need to be kept on their own, and plenty of space outside at our Lancaster and Morecambe branches for dogs to play and stretch their legs.

On weekends and Bank Holidays, pets requiring hospitalisation are looked after at our Lancaster surgery.

If your pet has to be hospitalised for a period of time we are happy for you to visit by arrangement.


Prescriptions are available from this practice

You may obtain Prescription Only Medicines, Category V, (POM Vs) from your veterinary surgeon OR ask for a prescription.

Your veterinary surgeon may prescribe POM Vs only for animals under his or her care.
A prescription may not be appropriate if your animal is an in-patient or immediate treatment is necessary.

You will be informed, on request, of the price of any medicine that may be prescribed for your animal.

The general policy of this practice is to re-assess an animal requiring repeat prescription every 3 months, but this may vary with individual circumstances. There is a charge for a re-examination.

Please give us 48 hour notice for preparing your prescription

When more than one type of medication is needed, a separate written prescription for each item, is required. There is a charge applied to the first written prescription and a reduced charge for any further items requiring a written prescription that is requested at the same time.

This fee reflects the amount of time spent producing a written prescription and is in accordance with government guidelines.

To book an appointment with our team of animal experts, call our Caton surgery on 01524 770615, our Lancaster surgery on 01524 32696, our Morecambe surgery on 01524 410867 or our Milnthorpe surgery on 01539 562770. Alternatively, send us an email to info@bayvets.co.uk and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

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