There are three primary treatment options available for hyperthyroid cats: Medical therapy Surgical removal of the thyroid gland (thyroidectomy: uncommon in North America) Radioactive iodine treatment
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After I run a sample, can I store any remaining plasma in the lithium heparin whole blood separator?
No. Sample should not be stored in the lithium heparin whole blood separator after it has been run on the Catalyst Dx analyser as it could alter the concentrations of certain chemistries. Remove the plasma with a transfer pipette, place it in a capped tube and store it in the refrigerator.
How to I prepare the samples for use with the Angio Detect rapid assay test Samples must be at 18–25°C before beginning the test procedure. Serum or plasma, either fresh or stored at 2–8°C for up to one week, can be used. For longer storage, serum or plasma can be frozen (-20°C or colder) and then recentrifuged before use. Hemolyzed or lipaemic samples will not affect test results.
Hyperthyroidism occurs in middle- to old-aged cats with a mean age of 11–13 years. It is rare in younger cats, but any cat over 4 years of age with compatible clinical signs should be screened. All cats over 7 years of age should be routinely screened for hyperthyroidism.
Yes. Midstream-voided, transurethral catheterisation and cystocentesis methods can be used. However, to enable accurate comparison of follow-up testing, it is recommended that the same collection method be used for all UAs on a single patient.
No. The UPC ratio should be performed only on urine that is free of blood and inflammatory cells. A complete urinalysis and sediment evaluation should be completed to determine if the sample is suitable for the UPC Ratio test. The presence of blood and inflammation in urine may give a falsely high result for the UPC Ratio, suggesting there is kidney disease when none is actually present.
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While this is not the recommended procedure, the supernatant of a recently centrifuged urine sample may be used. It is important to note in the medical record that urine supernatant was used for sample analysis.
IDEXX doesn’t have the data to support these results as our validation studies were performed with canine samples only
The recommended procedure is to use a pipette to flood the IDEXX UA Strip with the urine sample, making sure that all the test pads are moistened. Because of the matrix design of IDEXX UA Strips, run-off of reagent from one test to its neighbouring tests is very unlikely. Immediately after flooding the IDEXX UA Strip with urine, the long edge and back side of the strips should be blotted on an absorbent paper to remove excess urine.