Blood Tests for Cats
Blood tests provide the veterinarians with an inside look at your cat’s overall health. Blood work is recommended and/or necessary before surgery to reduce the risk of general anesthetic. Blood work is also used to monitor the body’s systems when on long-term medications.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
Viral testing (FIV/FELV) early in a cat’s life is essential. Finding early diseases before the kitten/cat is symptomatic so we can alter diet/therapy and start medication. A complete blood panel is important for showing what’s going on with your cat’s internal systems.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
Most of our blood work is run, and your doctor can have answers for you on the same day. If it’s blood work that must be sent to a lab, it can take anywhere from three to seven days depending on the test.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
Some blood tests require that your cat has fasted, also if your cat is on medication some blood work has to be timed around the time you gave your pet their last dose of medication. Our team will instruct you on what to prepare for.
How often should blood tests be done?
Senior cats should have yearly blood work to monitor the internal body systems. Cats going under sedation or general anesthetic also should have blood work done to reduce any risks of anesthesia.
Does your clinic perform urinalysis and biopsy?
Yes, we do, if this is needed your doctor will make a recommendation to you during your exam.