We have a wide range of diagnostic services available at both hospitals:
In house blood testing: Both hospitals have laboratory equipment which enables us to process a blood sample from your pet as soon as the sample has been collected; this is particularly useful with the critically ill, emergency patients. We are also able to run blood screens prior to surgeries to be certain that your pet is fit enough to undergo the general anaesthesia or as part of a wellness program. The clinical benefits of immediate results are immeasurable, forming the foundations on which we can build our treatment plan for your pet. We recommend all senior patients (7+ years old) to receive a comprehensive blood test as a screen for overall health.
Pre-anaesthetic panel: Basic panel including kidney, liver, blood glucose assessment
Comprehensive panel: More thorough panel including kidney, extensive liver profile, blood glucose, pancreas and electrolytes assessment
CBC panel: Analyses the different red and white blood cell counts
Urine Testing: Assessing urine is a quick and cost-effective indicator of illness, and forms an important part of a clinical investigation. We are able to examine the urine for presence of red or white blood cells, crystals (which can be an indicator of the presence of bladder stones, infection or poor diet) and bacteria. The levels of glucose present, and the ability of the animal to produce concentrated urine also develop a clearer clinical picture and detect early signs of disease, often before clinical signs are observed.
a) USG: Measures the concentrating ability of the kidneys
b) Dipstick: Tests the urine for components such as blood, protein, pH and glucose
c) Sediment analysis: Looking at urine under the microscope to look for crystals, blood cells and bacteria
d) Culture and sensitivity: Samples sent to lab to try and grow bacteria to type them and help select appropriate antibiotics
Digital radiography: Complete set up to assess the patient and radiographs are processed on site to give a quick turn around of results
Cytology and microscopy: Skin and ear conditions can be very stubborn, so we are able to take and examine swabs from infected ears or skin under the microscope to improve the precise targeting of treatment - for example, knowing if the primary problem is a yeast or a bacteria
Lump histology: Lumps removed during surgery can be sent to the lab to give a diagnosis, and grade tumours to understand the likelihood of recurring
External laboratory services: We use the external laboratory service for the more sophisticated or specific diagnostic tests that we are unable to perform in-house. Samples are collected daily, with many of the results being available on the same day. Identification of masses removed surgically usually take 3-4 working days. Our vets are able to discuss complex cases in detail with the pathology specialists at the external laboratory providing greater depth to care with which your pet's treatment plan is constructed and tailored to the individual.