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Blood Screening

Quality and Reassurance

  • Our in-house laboratory features some of the most technical and state of the art equipment available to veterinary practices.
  • We subscribe to an external quality assurance programme to ensure the accuracy of the diagnostic tests carried out.
  • From just a few drops of blood, our in-house facilities allow us to perform the tests in an efficient and timely manner.
  • The efficiency of processing in-house means we can start / confirm treatment plans more quickly, providing greater assurance to you.
  • The laboratory equipment is linked to your pet’s files which are automatically updated with screening results for ease of reference/retrieval.
  • Copies of all laboratory work are provided to you.

 How Blood Screening Helps

  • Allows us to assess the general health of your pet.
  • Allows us to confirm the presence of any suspected infection.
  • We can see how well certain organs are performing including kidneys and liver.
  • Effectively guides and reinforces treatment plans.

Types of Screening

  • Wellness: Prevention is better than cure. We gain valuable information as to the underlying health of your pet.
  • Pre Surgery: Information gained helps us reduce the risk of surgery and anaesthesia. Also provides a baseline for future reference.
  • Golden Years: Cats and Dogs qualify for a free bus pass from 7 years of age. Early detection, before symptoms of diseases appear, allow us to take preventative action before damage has been inflicted.
  • Sickness / Trauma: Confirmation of the presence of a bacterial or viral infection.
  • Medicine Monitoring: For pets on long term medicines, check to make sure continuing with right dosages and no adverse effects to certain organs.
  • Specific Condition Profiles: Tests checking for/monitoring a specific  condition eg feline leukaemia, thyroid function, pancreatitis.

 What Do The Tests Mean?

  • Albumin (ALB) Is a kind of protein, reduced levels may point to liver or kidney disease.
  • Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) An enzyme produced, produced in places like the liver and bones. High levels may indicate liver disease or Cushing’s syndrome.
  • Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) Is produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. High levels may indicate the kidneys are not working correctly. Low levels may indicate the liver is nto working correctly.
  • Calcium (Ca) High levels may indicate certain types of tumours, parathyroid or kidney disease.
  • Creatinine (CREA) Is a muscle metabolism byproduct. High levels may indicate incorrect kidney function, urinary disorder or muscular destruction.
  • Blood Glucose (GLU) Is the main energy source for the body. High levels may help diagnose diabetes, low levels may indicate liver disease.
  • Glutamic Pyruvic Transaminase (GPT) / Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) High levels of this enzyme may indicate liver disease.
  • Total Bilirubin (T-Bil) Is an element of bile secreted by the liver into the intestinal tract. Helps identify bile duct problems.
  • Total Protein (T-Pro) can indicate dehydration, liver, kidney or gastro-intestinal disorders.
  • Electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium, Chloride) are controlled by the kidneys. Levels help evaluate vomiting, diarrhoea, heart problems and adrenal function.
  • Haematocrit (HCT) or Packed Cell Volume (PCV) is the percentage of red blood cells in the blood. Low readings indicate anaemia, high levels may indicate dehydration.
  • Red Blood Cells (RBC) carry oxygen to the body’s tissue and carbon dioxide back to the lungs. Low levels indicate anaemia.
  • White Bloods Cells (WBC) Higher levels may indicate an infection. Low levels may indicate a suppressed immune system or an inability to fight off infections.