Taking blood and urine samples is a vital part of diagnostic testing. We can look at a wide range of tests to help us diagnose what is wrong with your pet, and then other tests to monitor improvement, detect side effects from some medications, and see response to treatment such as chemotherapy.
The majority of blood and urine tests can be carried out very quickly in the clinic, which reduces the time taken waiting for results, and enables tests to be run whenever the patient needs them.
There are some tests that require special equipment and training to carry out, and will always be restricted to specialist laboratories. Samples that are sent to an external laboratory are couriered, which can delay getting the result and hence making a diagnosis.
Our clinic’s have the IDEXX in-clinic blood testing system which can perform tests for biochemical parameters (such as liver enzymes, protein levels, glucose levels), haematology (cell counts), electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride), clotting function (testing for rat bait and other clotting disorders) and urine testing.
We are proud to be the first private practice in the country to get this set up, providing us with equipment of a standard normally seen only in reference laboratories.
Watch this video to learn more about blood testing and how important it is – even for healthy pets.
If you are concerned your dog ate rat bait a few days ago, if you want to check your elderly cat for renal function, if your vomiting dog has been on fluids for a day and we need to know the sodium level, we can now do these tests on site, in minutes. Call us today.