Blood Tests for Cats
Hematology and biochemistry profiles provide a window into the function of your cat’s internal organ systems. Blood screenings are an important part of monitoring your cats overall health from year to year. These tests also help design treatment protocols when your cat may not be feeling well.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
The results of blood tests can often highlight early changes from disease prior to your cat ever appearing ill – this allows your veterinarian to intervene early and possibly slow or stop the progression of disease. Another important factor that we at Seneca Animal Clinic take into consideration are trends in values on your cats blood screen. If a test was normal last year but abnormal this year, we can recognize that change and pattern and make clinical decisions based on this.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
We generally have most blood work available by the next morning. If a test is being performed that may take some extra time, one of our veterinarians will let you know when to expect the results.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
Our veterinarian will let you know if you have to have your cat fasted prior to blood testing.
How often should blood tests be done?
Wellness testing should be done yearly once your cat is over the age of 7. Your veterinarian may recommend blood testing more frequently if your cat has any medical concerns or if they are receiving medication.
Does your clinic perform urinalysis and biopsy?
Yes we do. A urine sample can be collected at home prior to your visit or in the clinic through a process called cystocentesis. Biopsies can be collected but may require general anesthesia depending on the location.