Laboratory Facilities

Fast results can be vital for your pet

We are able to do most blood sample analysis within are own laboratory, this can take as little as 10 – 20 minutes, a crucial factor when dealing with urgent cases. Our analysers allow us to diagnose and begin treating various medical problems without delay such as anaemia, thyroid issues, pancreatitis, kidney or liver disease. This is vital as some of these diseases can progress quite quickly.

 

 

Haematology

This machine analyses the red and white blood cells specifically.

Red blood cell counts are carried out to check for anaemia.

White blood cell counts are useful when looking for inflammatory and infectious conditions. In addition the individual types of white blood cells are measured giving us further information about the nature of the infection.

 

 

 

Biochemistry & Electrolytes

This machine analyses a wide range of parameters and can give us valuable information about liver, kidneys and glucose levels, among many other things. Again these results can be obtained in under 20 minutes.

We recommend annual screening for dogs and cats over 7 years of age as this enables us to detect subtle changes in internal organ function before clinical signs become apparent. This means that treatment can begin earlier and therefore is invariably more effective.

Electrolytes (sodium, potassium and chloride) are “body salts” which can become seriously imbalanced in certain hormonal conditions as well as digestive tract abnormalities.

Urine analysisurinalysis

Detailed urine analysis is a simple test performed to screen for:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bladder stones/ crystals
  • Early kidney problems (renal insufficiency)
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney infection

 

Skin scrapes and ear swabs

Scrapes are taken to assist in the diagnosis of any skin disease. We are able to diagnose:

  • Sarcoptic mange, demodectic mange
  • Harvest mite infestation
  • Bacterial/mallasezia yeast infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Fungal infection
  • Ear mite infestation

 

Fine needle aspirate biopsy

This is a simple non-invasive technique used to diagnose a type of growth. We are able to differentiate cysts, fatty lipomas, histiocytomas, round cell tumours as well as mast cell tumours. In some case we may refer samples to an external laboratory for further analysis.