In-house diagnostic testing

We are lucky to have a wide range of diagnostic equipment and procedures available in the practice to help us reach a firm diagnosis of your pet’s condition or to reassure you that there are no significant underlying problems. Some of the tests available are discussed below but please contact us if you require any further information:

Blood analysis

We have a suite of equipment including the latest hi-tech haematology and biochemistry analysers which give us information on your pet’s metabolic health (including liver, kidney, pancreatic, thyroid and adrenal function, electrolyte balance) and his or her immunological status. Our analysers provide the fastest and most accurate information on these parameters available in first opinion practice – even while you wait in some cases.

Urine analysis

We can measure a large number of parameters including concentration, glucose, protein levels, pH and the presence of blood which allows us to diagnose and monitor conditions including diabetes, kidney failure and urinary tract infections.

We also examine urine sediment microscopy to check for the presence of crystals which is particularly important for cats.

Blood pressure measurement

This is an increasingly important  area of investigation, particularly in older cats. In some cases, the first indication of incipient kidney, thyroid or heart disease is an increase in blood pressure. Our equipment allows rapid, non-invasive and accurate assessment of systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Infectious diseases

We can test for a number of common infectious disease in the practice including feline leukaemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, canine lungworm, Giardia and Leishmania.