ADDITIONAL TESTS

TEST DESCRIPTIONSPECIMEN REQUIREMENT
Cardiac
TroponinSerum
NT-Pro-BNP (Canine)EDTA Plasma
NT-Pro-BNP (Feline)EDTA Plasma
Miscellaneous blood tests
InsulinSerum
Insulin antibodiesSerum
FructosamineSerum
B12Serum
B12 and FolateSerum
B12, Folate, TLI ( Canine)Serum
B12, Folate, TLI (Feline)Serum
TLI (Canine)Serum
TLI (Feline)Serum
Quantitative Spec. cPLiSerum
Quantitative Spec. fPLiSerum
Therapeutic drug monitoring
DigoxinSerum
PhenobarbitoneSerum
Phenobarbitone x 2 (pre/post dosing)Peak and trough specimens
PhenytoinSerum
Potassium bromideSerum
Thyroid
Total T3 Serum
T4 antibodiesSerum
Total T4Serum
T4 Canine pre/postSerum
T4/TSHSerum
TSHSerum
Free T4dSerum
Free T4iSerum
Canine TRH stimulationSerum. Collect basal blood sample. Inject TRH I/V slowly over one minute ( 1-5 kg- 100μg TRH, 5-30 kg -200 μg TRH, > 30 kg - 300 μg TRH). Take second blood sample 4-6 hours later for post T4 concentration
Feline TRH stimulationSerum. Collect basal blood sample. Inject 0.1 mg TRH I/V slowly over one minute. Take second blood sample 4-6 hours later for post T4 concentration
Adrenocortical
CortisolSerum
ACTH stimulationSerum x 2. Label samples clearly. Collect basal sample between 9am and 10am and immediately inject 0.25 mg synthetic ACTH (Synacten) I/V or I/M. Take second blood sample one hour later
17 OH ProgesteroneSerum. Same as ACTH stimulation protocol
Sex Hormone Alopecia Profile (SHAP)Serum x 4. Cortisol x 4 . Same as ACTH stimulation protocol. Four samples as adrenal sex hormone status is investigated using a standard ACTH stimulation test. OHP has been identified as a sensitive marker and this along with cortisol is measured before and after ACTH administration
Feline ACTH stimulationCortisol x 3. Serum x 3. Label samples clearly. Collect basal sample. Inject 0.125 mg of synthetic ACTH ( Synacthen) I/V. Collect two further samples at one and three hours later
Dexamethasone suppression (High Dose)Serum x 3. Label samples clearly. Collect basal sample. Inject 0.125 mg of synthetic ACTH ( Synacthen) I/V. Collect two further samples at one and three hours later
Dexamethasone suppression (Low dose)Serum x 3. Label samples clearly. Collect basal sample between 9am and 10am. Inject 0.01 mg/kg IV of dexamethasone. Collect two further samples three and eight hours later
Reproductive Hormones
OestradiolSerum
ProgesteroneSerum
TestosteroneSerum