Here at Lockwood Veterinary Group we are lucky enough to have some of the most up to date advanced in-house analysers. Instead of sending samples to the laboratory we are able to do a lot of tests in-house and get results the same day. This includes blood, urine and skin samples!
What tests can be performed on this machine?
• General Health Profile- This is the most commonly used blood screen. It gives the veterinary surgeon a full idea of the overall basic health of your pet. It tests major organ functions such as the liver and kidney and also does a white/red blood cell count.
• Short Health Profile- This is a shorter version of the general health profile. This is used for our pre-anaesthetic screen and is used for basic monitoring.
• Phenobarbital- This test is used for patients who suffer with epilepsy. It accurately measures the patient's phenobarb levels to help with monitoring
• Fructosamine- This test provides rapid and accurate fructosamine levels to help you manage and diagnose diabetic dogs and cats.
• Total T4- Hyperthyroidism is commonly diagnosed in elderly cats. This blood screen helps us monitor the thyroid levels.
• Electrolytes- Monitors the blood gas levels such as potassium and calcium.
What sample is needed for this and how is it taken?
• For all of the blood screens that we perform on the catalyst a fresh blood sample must be used.
• A veterinary surgeon or nurse will take a sample from your beloved pet and place it straight into the correct blood tube.
• It will then be placed into the machine with the screen that we select and results will be given within 5-10 minutes.
What is it used for?
• The Lasercyte blood machine is used alongside the Catalyst to provide comprehensive results, including a five-part white blood cell differential, absolute reticulocyte count, body fluid analysis capabilities and more.
• It is also used for PCV (packed cell volume) which gives a percentage of the red blood cell volume inside the body. It is used for veterinary surgeons to assess anaemia.
What sample is used?
• A fresh blood sample is used to run tests on the in-house Lasercyte machine.
• The centrifuge is a machine with a rapidly rotating container that applies centrifugal force to its contents.
• It is typically used to separate fluids of different densities. For example, separating blood/serum and urine/crystals.
• Our centrifuge is used continuously during the day.
• A microscope is an optical instrument used for viewing very small objects, such as urine, skin samples and blood.
• If a veterinary surgeon takes a skin scrape from your pet we can look under the microscope to diagnose specific parasites such as fleas, demodex, mites and cheyletiella.
• When you bring in a urine sample from your pet we can spin it down using the centrifuge and look for urine crystals such as struvite.
Dipstick and specific gravity
• When you drop off a urine sample for your pet we can do a test on it straight away.
• Firstly, we would do a “dipstick” which tells us if your pet has any blood, protein, glucose, ketones and leukocytes in the urine.
• We would then perform a specific gravity which is a urinalysis parameter commonly used in the evaluation of kidney function and can aid in the diagnosis of various renal diseases.
All staff here at Rosewood Animal Hospital have intense training to ensure they are up to date with the equipment and take pride in helping run the samples to ensure your pets are kept at the best health.
Nicole Cash RVN - Deputy Head Nurse, Rosewood Animal Hospital