Pathology & Laboratory Services
We have developed a suite of laboratory services to assist you with managing your equine companion.
Faecal Egg Count (FEC)
Did you know not every horse needs to be dewormed? Did you know that resistance to dewormers is becoming a widespread issue? How can we prevent this? We can perform a Faecal Egg Count to look at all types of equine parasites. These procedures ‘float’ any parasite eggs out of the manure and allow us to see them under the microscope. Using the results of the strongyle count, and presence of any ascarids or tapeworms, we can then help you design a deworming schedule based on your individual horse’s requirements.
Bring in 2-3 balls of manure and we can test your horses manure for parasites.
We can commission full blood analysis with results often available next-day. Consisting of a Haematology (red & white blood cells), Biochemistry (enzymes and electrolytes) and Fibrinogen (inflammatory protein), we can help get your horse back on track.
Immunoglobulins (such as IgG) are passed from mare to foal in colostrum, and are important in fighting infections until foals can develop their own immune system. From 12 hours of birth we can collect a blood sample from your foal and test to ensure it received enough colostrum at birth. A lack of colostrum can expose foals to many life-threatening infections, and may require a plasma transfusion to ensure their survival.
We work with a number of external laboratories to also offer you a full complement of diagnostic tests. From tissue samples to specific hormones such as ACTH, we can work with you to find your horse’s problem.
Please call the clinic today on 1300-0-HORSE (1300-0-46773) to find out what diagnostic services we can provide for you.