Clinical pathology is the diagnosis of disease based on the laboratory analysis of bodily fluids, such as blood and urine, and body tissues.
Some of the common tests we perform include:
- Blood chemistries to assess systemic organ function, dehydration and many other factors
- Haematology to look for signs of anaemia, infection, clotting disorders
- Faecal analysis to look for parasitic infection, salmonella, and other pathogens
- Urine analysis to look for signs of diabetes, kidney disease or infection
- Feline hyperthyroid testing (TT4)
- Pancreatic snap tests to assess for pancreatitis
- Culture and susceptibility testing for bacterial infections
- Histopathology on lump removals to definitively diagnose
- Specific tests to assess blood clotting time
- Specific tests to look for endocrine disease such as hyperadrenocorticism, hypothyroidism
At Balwyn Veterinary Surgery we are equipped with an in-house laboratory to quickly and efficiently perform most diagnostic tests to reach an accurate diagnosis.
This is important when we are dealing with very ill animals and need to diagnose and treat within a narrow timeframe to ensure success. Most of our in-house machinery provides results within minutes.
For more specialised testing we may need to send samples to an external veterinary laboratory. Results usually take 1-2 days to become available depending on the test performed. The results of biopsy tests usually take a bit longer, with most results available within 1 week.