On Site laboratory
Our in-house diagnostic facilities include IDEXX ProCyte Hematology Analyzer, IDEXX Catalyst Dx Chemistry Analyzer, IDEXX SNAP Dx Analyzer, urinalysis, cytology (ear swabs, urine, blood, skin, etc), fine needle aspirates, skin scrapings, and fecal analysis.
Our analyzers offer:
- Two-minute run time on complete blood count and 8-min run time on serum biochemistry
- Real-time answers allow us to share results and recommendations with you, face-to-face, while minimizing time.
- More complete medical information
- We are able to run multiple samples simultaneously and we can run up to 25 tests on a single sample
What is a SNAP test, you may ask? A small blood sample is combined with antibody “linked” to an enzyme. If antigen is present in the blood sample, an enzyme-antibody-antigen complex is formed. This reaction forms blue dots in the device for easy reading of positive results. Combined with the SNAPshot Analyzer, there is elimination of human subjectivity in reading results. We currently offer the SNAP Total T4 test to screen for hyperthyroidism and presumptive hypothyroidism. We are also able to quickly monitor current medication efficacy.
Urinalysis is performed by using urine test strips, in which the test results are read as color changes. Presence or absence of specific cells (white blood cells, red blood cells), proteins, glucose, bilirubin, and ketones give us more information for diagnosing specific diseases. For more specific (quantitative) test results, we have a close relationship with a diagnostic laboratory that will return results within 24 hours.
Cytology consists of taking a sample (urine, blood, skin, ear swab), placing it on a slide, using a stain to help differentiate cells utilizing a microscope and making a diagnostic interpretation. If there is any question as to the interpretation, we send our slides out for review by a board certified clinical pathologist.
Fine Needle Aspirate is a diagnostic procedure used to investigate superficial lumps or masses. A thin, needle is inserted into the mass for sampling of cells that, after being stained, are examined under a microscope. Fine-needle aspiration biopsies are very safe, minor surgical procedures.
Skin scrapings are commonly used to identify mites such as Sarcoptes, Demodex and Cheyletiella. The skin scraping technique includes using a dull scalpel blade with mineral oil to collect a sample directly from the skin and transfer it to a microscope slide for examination.
Fecal analysis requires at least 1 gram of feces which is strained, mixed with solution to encourage parasite eggs to float to the surface, spun to further separate eggs from fecal material and then sample is placed on a microscope for examination and identification of parasite eggs.