At Victoria Point Vet Hospital in the Redlands area we aim to have the highest quality diagnostic facilities – so we are pleased to announce we now have one of the first Sedivue Urine Analysers in Australia, to complement our in-clinic blood testing laboratory and our radiology suite.
This revolutionary analyser uses cutting edge technology to provide images of cells and crystals in urine sediment – a vital part of the diagnosis and management of the many urinary tract disorders that dogs and cats may suffer from.
We can now have all of your pet’s blood and urine test results in minutes – no more waiting for results from an external pathology laboratory! Call us to find out more: (07) 3207 8023
Blood tests can give us a wealth of information about your pet’s health.
For example, our vets can work out if your pet is dehydrated, has underlying kidney disease or liver changes, and we can get lots of information about your pet’s red and white blood cells. All of this helps diagnose any underlying health problems and ultimately will improve the level of care we can provide to your pet.
At Victoria Point Vet Hospital we have an in-house laboratory, which means we can test blood samples right here in Victoria Point and get results quickly, allowing us to make informed decisions about your pet’s veterinary care.
What happens when we take a blood sample?
Most blood samples are taken from the jugular vein in the neck, which is large enough to provide a good sample and allows us to collect the blood as quickly as possible. This is important because blood will start to clot once it is exposed to the air, and this can affect the results.
Most pets are also more relaxed when blood is taken from their jugular vein however, if necessary, a smaller sample can be taken from a vein in the leg.
Once the blood has been collected we place pressure over the vein for a minute or so to prevent any bruising. This can sometimes be hard in wriggly patients!
The blood is placed into tubes appropriate for required tests, most of which can be run at our in-house laboratory. However a few tests require more specialised equipment so we send those samples to an external laboratory.
If you have any questions about blood tests and your pet please give us a call: (07) 3207 8023