Our laboratory offers a range of diagnostic tests, and we get the result in a few minutes. This is of great importance in animals requiring emergency medical attention. The tests we do not proceed with in our Clinic are sent to an external laboratory.
At SASKAVET, you will right away do the following tests:
- blood smear
and many more. Please check our offer.
Blood tests should be treated as an element of prophylaxis and performed for control purposes at least once a year – especially in older animals!
Hypothyroidism (dog)Control of thyroid hormones in chronically treated animals takes place 4 to 6 hours after administration of the morning dose of the hormone (e.g. Forthyron). Control tests make it possible to assess the effectiveness of therapy and correct the doses of hormones used.
Hyperthyroidism (cat)A control test of hormone concentrations in the blood is performed after drug administration (optimally between the 4th and 6th hour after drug administration). The most important thing is that the animal has fasted for the examination or that the drug is administered with a minimum amount of food.
Animals suffering from hyperadrenocorticism should have their blood taken for control tests 2 to 5 hours after administration of the morning dose (administered with a small amount of food).
How to prepare an animal for examination?
The animal should be fasting for at least 8 hours before the examination. At this time, you only take the food bowls away, and the water can be left on until the moment of going to the Clinic.
DIAGNOSTICS OF BABESIOSIS
In our region, there is a vast number of ticks that are carriers of the protozoan of the genus Babesia spp. It is a life-threatening condition, and the course of babesiosis can vary in every animal. The effectiveness of the therapy depends on the time of its introduction, so you should contact the doctor just at the first symptom.
The first symptoms usually appear after about 5-7 days (in some situations, even up to 2 months). These are primarily: lethargy, apathy, high fever and a change in the colour of the urine (brown/bloody). If your pet has caught ticks, any disturbing symptoms should be consulted with a veterinarian! Babesiosis damages red blood cells, causing severe anaemia and several systemic problems. Therefore it is such a significant threat to life and health.
Confirmation of the presence of the protozoan in the blood is performed using a blood smear. We assess the smear on the spot at Saskavet Clinic, which significantly shortens the waiting time for a diagnosis!