Clinical pathology involves the laboratory evaluation of blood, fluids or body tissues in order to identify existing disease. Common laboratory tests include blood chemistries, complete blood counts, blood clotting times, urinalysis, faecal tests, biopsy examination, cultures and infectious disease testing.
In-house Blood Tests
Our clinic is equipped with in-house blood machines that allow our veterinarians to quickly perform many crucial diagnostic tests to achieve an accurate and rapid diagnosis, often providing results within minutes. This is especially important in very ill animals and those requiring immediate or emergency treatment.
External lab testing
Some more specialised tests may need to be performed by an external veterinary laboratory. We can take these samples in the clinic and then send off to our lab located in Brisbane. Specialised testing may take 12-24 hours for blood results or up to 7 days for bacterial cultures or biopsy results, depending on the nature of the test being performed. We will endeavour to notify you as soon as your pet's test results are back, but be sure to ask us when they are expected if you are not sure.
Along with performing blood tests on sick animals, we encourage other types of 'routine' blood tests.
- Pre-Anaesthetic Blood Test - this is often recommended prior to your pet having an anaesthetic. It consists of a CBC to check your pets vital red blood cells, as well as biochistries to check important organ function that may be affected by having an anaesthetic.
- Full Health Screen - this includes the CBC, along with electrolytes and extra biochemistries that aren't necessarily affected by an anaesthetic but can be important in detecting early disease and monitoring your pets general health.
- Senior/Geriatric Screen - this is the full health screen along with a couple of extra tests including early markers for thyroid and renal disease which we are especially concerned about in older/geriatric patients, especially cats.
As animals can't tell us if they are feeling a little 'off' and signs of illness and disease can often be difficult to detect early, with subtle changes like drinking more water not always being obvious a blood test is a great way to be confident they are in optimum health. It is also a great way to keep on record a standard set of normal values which is unique for your pet, which can be referenced back to if your pet does become unwell in the future.