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Blood Tests for Cats

A blood test is used to assess your cat’s internal body systems. It is a snapshot in time of how your cat is functioning. The most common blood tests performed at our clinic are a complete blood count (CBC) or chemistry. A CBC is looking at red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to look for an infection or anemia for example. A blood chemistry assesses organ function and looks for electrolyte imbalances that can make your cat sick.

Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?


Blood tests are an important diagnostic tool for a variety of reasons. They can aid in determining a cause for your cat’s illness, to be sued to monitor your cat’s response to a medication or therapy or to assess organ function to see if it is safe for your cat to go under general anesthesia. Blood work is also a great tool for health monitoring. It can be used to catch a disease early before it becomes a problem.

How long does it take to get blood test results?


At our hospital, we have an in-house laboratory, so we are able to get blood tests results back in minutes. There are however some tests that we cannot run at the clinic and we need to send the blood to an outside laboratory. Those test results are usually returned to use within a day or two.

How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?


If you are bringing your cat in for a blood test it is a good idea for them to come fates (no food for at least 4 hours). Sometimes, our patients need to be sedated if they become stressed during blood collection. Some of the sedatives we use can make your cat vomit if they have a full stomach. If you are unsure about whether your cat needs blood work or to be sedated before an appointment, please call the clinic before your appointment.

How often should blood tests be done?


For the average cat, blood tests should be done once a year, when they come in for their annual wellness exam. This is especially important once your cat is over 8-years-old because this is when your cat is at an increased risk for diseases like chronic kidney disease or hyperthyroidism. Some cats may need blood work more often, depending on their health status.

Does your clinic perform urinalysis and biopsy?


Our clinic performs both urinalysis and biopsies. A urinalysis is important for identifying diseases that affect the urinary tract, such as an infection or systemic disease such as diabetes. We can run a urinalysis in-house. A biopsy is a small piece taken from either a mass or organ to look at the tissue at a microscopic level. A veterinarian may take a biopsy if they want to know if a mass was cancerous or not. Biopsies are taken at our clinic are usually a surgical procedure but sent to a veterinary pathologist for diagnosis.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Elgin Animal Hospital