By: TVMDL, Texas A&M Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
There are many possible causes of equine lameness – from foreign objects in the hoof to undetected infection. Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) offers horse owners and practitioners a slate of validated tests to help diagnose the cause of the lameness.
Joint fluid analysis may be helpful to differentiate a septic joint from traumatic injury or degenerative joint disease. Joint fluid analysis includes total nucleated cell count, red cell count, mucin clot, total protein and specific gravity. A clinical pathologist will evaluate slides from the fluid to determine a cell differential and the presence of bacteria. All of this information can be used along with clinical signs and other tests to obtain a diagnosis.
Cytology body fluid analysis – This test utilizes at least 0.5mL fluid submitted in an EDTA tube and air-dried slides.
PRICE: $35.00, with a $6.00 accession fee.
TURNAROUND: The test is performed Monday-Friday in Amarillo and College Station, with results in 1-2 business days.
Aerobic & Anaerobic Culture: Companion- This test cultures for the isolation and ID of a wide variety of bacterial pathogens.
PRICE: $23.00, with a $6.00 accession fee.
TURNAROUND: The test is performed Monday-Saturday in Amarillo and College Station, with results in 2-7 business days.
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