Rabbit & Rodent Diagnostic Associates

Hematology Tests

We offer a variety of diagnostic hematology tests to supply the data you need regarding the health of your animals. Please contact us for pricing; we offer bulk discounts for large projects.

If you are a San Diego based institution we also offer same day sample processing and reporting if we receive the samples before 1:00pm PST/PDT.

Our routine tests for mammals are as follows:

Complete Blood Count (CBC)*
This test provides total red cell count, the amount of hemoglobin, packed cell volume (hematocrit), mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH), mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC), red blood cell distribution width (RDW) and total white cell count.

Complete Blood Count with Differential (CBC/Diff)*
This test includes all of the parameters listed for the CBC and also gives a break down of the various white cells contained in the blood. The break down details the number of neutrophil granulocytes, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophil granulocytes, and basophil granulocytes.

Complete Blood Count with Differential and Reticulocyte Count (CBC/Diff/Retic)*
This is our most comprehensive hemogram. It includes all of the above parameters and also gives the reticulocyte count.

*Platelet counts are available at additional cost.

Non-Mammalian Hemograms
Non-mammalian species have nucleated red blood cells so their blood cannot be analyzed through our automated analyzer. Therefore, we use traditional methods to perform the hemograms. The test includes manual red blood cell and white blood cell counts and examination for a differential cell count if requested, as well as packed cell volume.

Note: There are some species of birds and reptiles whose blood will hemolyze on contact with EDTA. For these species, blood needs be collected into two different tubes: an eosinopette and a heparinized microhematocrit tube. Citrate can be used, however the correct citrate to blood ratio must be maintained (1 part citrate to 9 parts blood).
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