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A coagulation profile will help to identify primary coagulopathy due to thrombocytopaenia, and secondary coagulopathy caused by Vitamin K antagonism, inherited coagulopathies, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and other causes such as severe hepatic disease where there is decreased clotting factor production.

Includes a Full Blood Examination, Prothrombin Time (PT), Activated Partial Thromboplastic Time (APTT), platelet count.

Species:

Canine & Feline

Specimen:

Whole blood (minimum 2 ml), blood smear

Container:

Sodium Citrate and EDTA

Collection protocol:

Collect blood with a minimum of trauma so the coagulation cascade is not triggered, preferably from the jugular so a good flow is ensured. Fill the tube exactly to the level indicated on the blood tube.

Special handling/shipping requirements:

Samples should reach the laboratory within 18 hours of collection. They should be kept at or below room temperature.