Getting Your Cats Bloodwork
Our pets get sick and they can also act a little odd, more so than normal. A common blood test can tell us a lot about what is going on with our pets internally. In the case of an eye or ear infection, a diagnosis is generally straight forward. There are some cases however that require a more in depth look in to your feline’s health. In these cases, your veterinarian will order feline blood tests to aid in their investigation. Cat blood tests are suitable for cats that are not displaying any obvious signs of illness, disease or injury, but are acting abnormal. Here are some examples of when your veterinarian would recommend getting a blood test done:
On the first veterinary visit
During semi-annual wellness exams
If a cat seems not quite right
During senior wellness exams
Cat blood tests are recommended for mature, senior and geriatric cats as part of their periodic checkups. These are extremely beneficial, it is often the case to see senior cats return to a more youthful state of being when blood tests identify an issue that can be easily treated.
What Can Be Learned From Feline Blood Tests
The results of feline blood tests are essential to helping veterinarians diagnose and treat medical conditions both within the blood itself, as well as in organs such as kidney and liver. During a blood test for cats, various chemicals in the blood stream are analyzed. Such as:
Cat blood tests can indicate a deficiency in albumin levels, which indicates a possible liver issue
Blood tests for cats can detect abnormal hormonal-chemical responses to environmental and internal stimuli, which indicates a potential issue with their endocrine system
If your cat is exhibiting any abnormal behavior, please schedule a veterinary appointment today and take advantage of 10% off bloodwork on both cats and dogs this month at one of our four Animal Health Center locations!