Updated Sept 2019

Routine  & Senior Health Screening

Laboratory

Our in-house laboratory allow us to process your pet's samples in a timely manner for routine testing, or at an expedited rate in the case of the emergency patient - even in the middle of the night if necessary! Our lab is cared for by our Animal Nursing Assistant Amy.

The in house tests we provide are:

  • Haematology - identifying infections, leukaemias, anaemia, etc.

  • Biochemistry - identifying problems with organs.

  • Microbiology - identifying the causes of infection and helping vets select the best choice of antibiotics.

  • Serology - testing for various viruses such as FIV/Feline leukaemia, parvovirus, lungworm and many more.

  • Urine - testing for diabetes, infections, stones.

  • Electrolytes

  • Faecal testing - testing for digestive function, worm infections, etc.

  • Dermatology - testing for allergies, mites, fungal and bacterial infections.

  • Cytology - testing for neoplasia (cancer), etc.

We also work in conjunction with various external laboratories to enable more in-depth testing should this be required. Common tests we send externally are: Endocrinology (T4 thyroid testing, ACTH stim, phenobarb), histopathology (tumours, masses), DNA profiling, DNA gender determination (birds) and allergen testing.

Your vet will advise you of how your pet's sample will be processed when the sample if taken, and estimates of cost can always be provided. Below are approximate timescales for results from laboratory tests, however please be aware that during very busy periods this may be slightly longer. You vet will need consider your pet's treatment in conjunction with the result.

Thyroid tests - 5 days

ACTH Stim - 5 days

Biochemistry and haematology - 5 days

Faecal and urine profiles - 5 days

Fine needle aspirate - 7 days

Histopathology - 7-10 days

Culture & sensitivity - 7 days

In-house slide exams - 5 days

Screening tests - 7 days

Allergy testing - 21-30 days

At Burnham House Vets we believe in the value of routine health screening, particularly as an animal ages. If your animal is in for a procedure involving anaesthetic, we will always ask if you would like us to run 'pre-op bloods' - this is a screening test which looks at parameters of the blood, and indicates an animal's ability to remain unaffected by an anaesthetic. For example, if an animal's blood values suggest that their kidneys have reduced function, we may suggest they have fluids during their operation to better support their kidneys at what could be a stressful time. Pre-op bloods will tell us information the vet cannot detect by looking at the animal.

We would always suggest owner's go ahead with pre-op bloods, but know that finances do not always allow for this. It is worth noting that all good insurance policies will pay for the cost of pre-op bloods, but if you are unsure we suggest phoning your provider to check.

If your pet is an 'golden oldie' then routine monitoring is more important. We suggest that dogs from 8 years onwards, and cat from 10 years have routine 'senior pet checks' annually - a bit like an MOT for your pet! These can be done at any time, but booking when your pet's booster is due is a great way of remembering year on year. 

We offer 3 levels of Senior pet health screen to suit all budgets:

  1. Bronze standard - includes urine analysis, weight check, nurses consultation.

  2. Silver standard - includes urine analysis, weight check, blood test for kidney disease, blood pressure check, clinical examination by a vet.

  3. Gold standard - includes urine analysis, weight check, full blood profile, blood pressure check, clinical examination by a vet.

Each of these can be booked via reception. For more information about care for your 'golden oldie' you can also refer to our leaflet (downloadable copy below):