We can perform a variety of laboratory testing at the clinic and provide almost instantaneous results.

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Our IDEXX Catalyst blood chemistry analyser tests your pet’s liver and kidney health, blood glucose levels, electrolyte levels, and thyroid hormone levels.  This aids us in diagnosing a number of diseases and enables us to treat your pet accordingly.   Our IDEXX Procyte Haematology analyser provides fast analysis of blood cell counts, helping in the diagnosis of cancers, infections, anaemias and other disorders involving the blood, and helps in treatment monitoring (especially during chemotherapy). Urine testing is also done on site and includes microscopy of sediment (looking for indicators of infection and inflammation, stones/crystals and sometimes cancers of the bladder), dipstick analysis (for glucose/ketones/blood or protein in urine) , and concentration (called “specific gravity”).

Preanaesthetic blood panels are also done with our Catalyst analyser.  Checking your pet’s liver and kidney function before anaesthesia helps us to identify any risk factors which may change the type of anaesthesia we use.

 

We also perform skin scrapings (for parasites), and cytology in house.  These tests help us to use the correct medications to treat ear and skin diseases in particular.  Our clinical pathologist analyses FNA’s (fine needle aspirates) of suspicious lesions and tumors onsite also.

In house tests are available here for Canine Parvovirus, Giardia, Feline Leukaemia virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).

 

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Tayler is seen here making blood smears for our clinical pathologist to look at.