Blood tests are a very important tool in diagnosing many different diseases, as well as giving us insight into organ function and cellular activity. Blood tests are useful in observing a baseline for healthy animals and choosing safe anesthetic for surgery patients.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
It gives us a lot more information about your pet’s overall condition that we can’t see from a physical exam alone.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
Most of the blood tests we run can be done in the clinic. We usually have results within 15-30 minutes!
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
Unless we require medication to be given at a specific time prior to the blood draw or fasting for a period of time, there is no preparation necessary. We will inform you of any special instructions.
How often should blood tests be done?
Your veterinarian will decide if your cat needs to have blood tests based on their physical exam. If there are concerns about your cat’s health, it can be a helpful diagnostic tool. Some cats require blood work on a regular basis due to certain medical conditions, or being on medications that require close monitoring.
Does your hospital perform urinalysis and biopsy?
We perform urinalysis in-house and have the results in minutes. Biopsy samples can be collected in the clinic, and usually sent to a specialized lab for further examination.