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What Blood Tests Can Tell You About Your Cat's Health

When Will A Veterinarian Order Blood Tests For Cats

Sometimes in the case of an eye or ear infection, your feline friend's medical condition affords a veterinarian the opportunity for a relatively straightforward diagnosis. However, other conditions may require further diagnotic tests.. In such a case, your veterinarian may order blood tests to aid in his or her investigation. The following situations can result in the need for blood tests for cats:

Healthy baseline tests which can be used as a benchmark for later tests

Tests as part of a thorough physical examination because cat blood work, along with other bodily fluids like urine, can help identify conditions the examination portion of a physical cannot

Cat blood tests are suitable for cats that are not displaying any overt signs of illness, disease or injury, but are acting abnormal

Cat bloodwork is used to determine the general health of the liver and kidneys, which helps a veterinarian select the safest form of anesthesia. Blood work can also help determine the surgical risk level in infirmed, elderly or injured patients

Blood tests are usually recommended for mature, senior and geriatric cats as part of their periodic wellness exams. These are extremely beneficial, as we often see senior cats return to a more youthful state of being when blood tests identify an issue that can be easily treated

At North Elm Animal Hospital, blood tests for cats are processed and analyzed on premises at our in-house laboratory as well as at a reference laboratory. Having an on-site laboratory allows us to quickly and reliably determine and diagnose a health concern, and then implement a successful medical intervention based on the results.

Types of Feline Blood Work

The four most common types of feline blood work we order are:

Feline Leukemia-Feline Immunodeficieny Virus-This is a common test for kittens and cats, especially those coming from unknown origins. These viruses are interspecies contagious and life threatening, so we recommend bloodwork to test for both if you adopt, find or take in a new kitten or cat

Complete Blood Count (CBC)-We analyze cat bloodwork to assess features of the blood, including red and white cell count, immunity status, and the measure of hemoglobin, which is the actual substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Results from a CBC help us evaluate your cat for anemia, infections, blood cancers and blood clotting ability. 

Blood Seum Chemistries-We analyze cat bloodwork to evaluate organ function, electrolyte status, hormone levels and more. These tests are important to evaluating the health of older cats, cats with signs of vomiting, diarrhea or toxin exposure, as well as cats receiving long-term medications and general health before anesthesia.

Total Thyroid Level-We analyze cats for hyperthyroidism, a common cause of weight loss in older cats.

Additionally, our in-house laboratory can process and analyze:

  • Urinalysis
  • Stool Samples
  • Cytology

The Role Of Cat Bloodwork In Diagnosis Of Disease

Bloodwork is an essential component in the diagnosis of disease. Just like any diagnostic tool, blood tests for cats are more effective when used as part of a diagnostic plan which may include other tests. For example, elevated BUN and creatinine levels can indicate a kidney problem. However, they can also indicate mild dehydration in the period leading up to the bloodwork. This is why ordering additional testing is necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis.

If your cat is exhibiting any abnormal behavior, please schedule a veterinary appointment today!

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