Vetcare has a complete IDEXX in house laboratory in each branch, that allows us to perform pre-surgical , wellness, and emergency blood work that is too critical and urgent to wait for an off-site laboratory service.
Our testing capabilities include Complete Blood Counts ( red blood cell, white blood cell and platelet counts), full Biochemistry ( liver, kidney, pancreatic enzymes, and parameters such as glucose levels, Total proteins, Calcium, cholesterol, bilirubin levels etc.), electrolytes , blood coagulation tests, and Thyroid function tests.
We are delighted to now be able to offer our clients SDMA blood testing in – house. This test can identify early kidney disease.
We also test in house for Feline Leukaemia virus and Feline auto-immune deficiency virus (“Cat aids”).
More complex endocrine ( hormone) tests are referred to a leading national laboratory, which also does our cytology and histology testing (skin samples, tumour biopsies, fine needle aspirates etc).
- If your pet is over 2 years old, routine blood screening is advisable yearly.
- This screen serves as an early indicator of organ compromise and some diseases, identifying diseases at the earliest stage possible, when they are most treatable.
- As your pet gets older, some diseases can go unnoticed in their early stages for example: Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Diabetes and Cancer, to name a few. By having an annual blood screen, from a young age, we can monitor and detect any changes to your pet’s health early.
- It will also provide us with a marker for future reference if needed and establish a baseline picture of what represents good health for your individual pet.
- A simple blood test is carried out by your vet during a consultation and our in-house laboratory facilitates an accurate screen with results available on the same day.
- A full haematology profile or complete blood count provides important information about the types and numbers of blood cells in your pet’s blood, for example, red blood cells / white blood cells and platelets. These act as an indicator of anaemia, infection, chronic inflammation and clotting disorders among other things.
- A full biochemistry profile is important for evaluating organ function, for example, liver and kidney. It will also measure blood glucose levels. Any abnormalities will help direct us to any further diagnostic tests that may be necessary.
- Early detection can help in disease treatment.
If you have any questions about our services, please contact us today.