We have facilities to offer a range of laboratory tests, often getting results the same day or even within a few hours. Our blood testing machines are able to test cell counts (to check for anaemia for example), organ function or damage (such as kidney failure or liver disease) and electrolytes (such as potassium). By providing our own testing facilities we get results quickly enough to start appropriate treatment when it is needed. Other tests that provide rapid results are for viruses such as the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and the Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV).
Our laboratory also tests urine samples, not only for problems relating to the urinary tract, but also conditions such as Diabetes.
For more complex testing we use the services of specialist external laboratories. This includes examination of biopsy samples and blood tests for thyroid disorders.
Blood pressure testing
Measuring blood pressure in dogs and cats requires specialised equipment that is only just becoming popular in modern Veterinary practices. We have a Doppler ultrasound probe that allows us to listen to blood flow when measuring blood pressure. Various problems in cats and dogs such as kidney disease and overactive thyroid glands can cause high blood pressure (hypertension), and it can lead to weight loss, loss of appetite and even blindness.
An ECG is a trace that shows electrical activity of the heart displayed over a period of time. We connect leads to specific areas of the skin that measure electrical changes, and from the trace we can make measurements such as heart rate, and look for irregularities in the heart rhythm, some of which can be life threatening. In some emergency situations such as large breed dogs developing Gastric Dilatations it can be very useful to check the heart rhythm using an ECG to minimise the risk of anaesthesia.