In House Diagnostic Laboratory
Speedy lab work saves money and ensure best medicine.
Our in-house laboratory allows us to perform many types of testing that can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. Our state-of-the-art, in-house laboratory equipment allows us to diagnose your pet 24 hours a day in most cases with results available within 10 – 30 minutes. Tests that we are able to perform are:
- Blood smears – Blood smears are the most common type of diagnostic testing. A small amount of blood from your pet can provide invaluable information about it’s overall health.
- Faecal Examinations – for worm eggs, intestinal parasites e.g. coccida & giardia, bacterial population, ect.
- Urine Analysis – A urine analysis reveals quite a bit about your pet’s kidney function, urinary crystals, urinary tract infection, or diabetes. There are several ways to collect urine samples from your companion animals. One is to simply catch a sample in a clean container. Depending on the health concerns involved, we usually prefer to collect urine samples using a sterile catheter or by performing a cystocentesis, where a sterile needle is passed through the skin and into the bladder. These methods yield a very clean sample and are well tolerated by dogs and cats.
- Skin Scrapes – for different skin parasites, e.g. demodex, sarcoptic mange, bacterial infections, yeast infections, etc.
- Ear Cytology – for yeast infection, bacterial infections, ear mites, etc.
- Test for viruses – (Parvovirus, Feline Leukemia Virus, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
- Mass cytology – to determine the type of mass and degree of malignancy. (We often send samples to an outside lab for an expert’s opinion)
- Pancreatic Infection Tests – in Dogs and Cats.
- CBC – The complete blood cell count (CBC) tells us about the number and condition of your pet’s red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all of the tissues of the body; too many white blood cells can indicate infection; and too few platelets may indicate problems with blood clotting.
- Blood Chemistry Panel – A blood chemistry panel provides a general picture of overall health in your pet, providing information about the internal organs and metabolic health. A chemistry panel typically includes the following tests: screening for liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes mellitus; and assessing electrolyte levels such as sodium,potassium, and chloride.
Often, we perform several tests together for a complete picture of your pet’s overall health.
The need for Lab Tests
Laboratory diagnostic testing is almost always recommended when a patient is:
- Prepared for surgery or a dental procedure with anaesthesia.
- Presenting with symptoms of illness.
- Examined after a trauma such as a car accident or fall or bite wounds.
- Demonstrating dramatic changes in weight loss, condition, or behaviour.
- In the senior stage of life.
- On chronic medication to ensure optimal dosage and to prevent adverse side effects developing.