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In-house Laboratory 

We have blood testing facilities for complete red blood cell counts, biochemistry and electrolytes. A microscope allows us to examine blood smears and tumour samples. The machines allow us to run blood profiles within minutes of taking blood samples.

Haematology results tell us what is happening with the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. This allows us to identify whether a patient has an infection, is anaemic, has low platelet numbers or any other variation that can occur with these parts of the blood.

Electrolytes that we measure are sodium, potassium and chloride. This allows us to monitor certain diseases, such as Addisons Disease and to supplement potassium intravenously when body levels are low.

Our microscope allows examination of blood smears, allowing us to assess red and white blood cell morphology or even the presence of parasites, thereby gaining further information on your pet’s disease. We have an interest in cytology and we will often take fine-needle aspirates from tumours on your pet and after appropriate staining of the samples, will often be able to identify the tumour type and decide on the best course of action. If we are unable to identify the cell type, we will, at an extra cost to you, refer the samples to a specialist cytologist for interpretation.

Other tests we are able to carry out include Feline Leukaemia and Feline Immunodeficiency tests, canine pancreatic lipase, which is used in testing for pancreatitis, a debilitating and sometimes fatal disease and a test for Parvovirus, an often fatal haemorrhagic gastro-enteritis.  A urine sample will often give an indication of the onset of a variety of disease such as kidney disease, diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) and urinary tract infections.

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