We have a range of machines that test a wide range of levels and give same day (often same hour) results. Routine pre-anaesthetic testing occurs in all major surgeries and is recommended for all other sedation/anaesthetic patients to ensure that we know as much as possible to treat your pet with the best level of care.
The Insight DB is our latest biochemistry analyser that uses state of the art wet chemistry to measure a number of blood levels. This is the same method used in large diagnostic labs across the world. The machine provides fast 24hr analysing power that gives us valuable information. It enables us to assess thyroid levels in clinic as well as a wide range of kidney and liver levels.
iSmart Electrolyte Analyser
The Mythic Haematology Analyser
Bionote’s Vcheck V200 analyzer for veterinary fluorescence immunoassay can help point-of-care testing for various biomarkers, including SDMA. It helps check quantitative measurement of biomarker levels in serum, plasma and whole blood delivered for analysis via one of Vcheck’s 13 biomarker test strips. As a multiple test analyzer, the V200 can be used for time-saving diagnosis and faster initiation of treatment plans along with significant cost savings per test. Vcheck is proven to be reliable, providing precise results rapidly.
A Tumour Map
How do you know which lumps are dangerous and need to be removed?
The answer is a simple technique called fine needle aspiration (FNA) and cytology. FNA is the process of inserting a fine hypodermic needle into several areas of the lump. This collects a sample of cells which are spread on a glass slide, coloured with special stains that highlight various cell characteristics, and examined with a microscope. We can then determine from the cell type and characteristics whether the lump is a cyst, a benign or a malignant cancer. The malignant cancers need to be removed surgically. The benign lumps are usually only of cosmetic importance and can be left.
As pets age they get more and more lumps. It gets difficult to distinguish which lumps have been previously tested and found to be benign from new lumps which appear.
This is why a tumour map is so important. It records the type, size and location of each mass. Both the pet owners and the clinic keep a copy. That way pet owners can keep note if new lumps appear, and keep a track of any unexpected changes in lumps previously tested. These can then be checked and dangerous lumps can be dealt with at an early stage.
Hear what our customers have to say
Halifax has extremely sophisticated diagnostic equipment which enables fast, on the spot diagnosis, and hence quicker and more targeted treatment. The veterinary nurses also have a wide knowledge base and are extremely helpful, especially with phone queries.
In view of the above we are totally satisfied our loved pets will get the best care and attention possible.
Jill and Peter Smillie, Mapua