Blood Tests for Cats
Your cat’s health exam isn’t complete without blood testing. Blood testing can detect illnesses that cannot be discovered on a physical exam.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
Many diseases such as kidney, thyroid, pancreatic and heart disease, are diagnosed with blood testing. Results are kept in your cat’s medical records and we are able to trend changes early which leads to treatment plans and management of the disease allowing a longer and healthier life for your cat. Heartworm and Tick-borne disease screening are available, allowing us to respond quickly to these problems, and feline viruses such as feline Leukemia, FIP can all be detected by blood testing.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
Blood testing can be done either in our hospital lab, or we send them out to the larger national labs for tests not available in our hospital. In-house testing can be done in a matter of hours, whereas testing done out of the house can take 1- 2 days.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
Bringing your cat to the hospital in a safe and practical cage is step number one. We generally take your cat to our treatment area where our well-trained staff can quietly restrain your cat for a blood draw.
How often should blood tests be done?
Blood testing is best done annually to keep a current baseline.
Does your clinic perform urinalysis and biopsy?
Our hospital is able to perform urinalysis for the detection of bladder infections, diabetes, bladder stones, and crystals.