What if your pet has to have some tests?
We commonly run blood tests in Hermitage Vet Clinic however there are many different things we test in a patients blood. Because our patients are generally hairier than their human counterparts we usually have to shave some fur to allow us to find a vein! Pet owners can expect a small shaved patch on their pet’s paw or neck depending on which site we use to collect our sample.
Like human medicine some cold alcohol is applied to the skin for sterility purposes and to help numb it before we take the sample. The pet feels a little pinch and for the most part they are very tolerant of us! Unlike the doctor, the vet will generally offer a treat post blood test!
We are in the fortunate position of having some excellent blood testing machines so for many tests we are able to deliver results to our clients on the same day.
We also use an external laboratory for the more complex blood tests we require, like allergy testing. A courier comes to Lucan every day to collect any samples we might have. The laboratory we use is very efficient, emailing results to us promptly ensuring we can contact our pet owners as soon as possible. Costs of blood tests vary depending on what we are checking for.
Occasionally when we are treating pets who are itchy we will do some skin scrapings and hair plucks, searching for deep burrowing mites not seen with the naked eye. These tiny parasites look quite shocking under a microscope! We also sometimes take skin biopsies or swabs to help us figure out what is wrong with your pet.
Occasionally we will want to take a urine sample – to check for infection, urinary crystals, signs of diabetes and much more.
Generally we send an owner home with a sampling kit and ask that they try to take a morning sample for us. It can be tricky so please ask for tips! We then ask that they drop the sample into us as soon as possible after collection. We can really learn quite a lot about our pet’s health from a little pee sample!
If you cannot manage to obtain a urine sample from your pet we will find a way!