WBC - White Blood Count
RBC - Red Blood Count
VTP - Total Protein
VSPGR - Specific Gravity
VCYTO - Cytology
Thoracic fluid, abdominal fluid, synovial/joint fluid and pericardial fluid may be submitted for fluid analysis cytology.
A lavender top (EDTA) tube is preferred for submission of fluid specimens. A red top tube or a screw top tube is acceptable, however there is a greater risk of a non-diagnostic specimen due to cellular degeneration. Submit air-dried, freshly made, direct and/or sediment smears with the fluid specimen.
Label container, tube and slides with animal's name and source.