Your cat’s yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to prevent and diagnose illnesses or injuries that a physical exam cannot detect.
Yearly lab tests for your cat are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries that a physical exam cannot detect.
Common Lab Tests
A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function, and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your cat to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.
This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration, and early kidney disease.
Intestinal Parasite Check
Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your cat has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your cat has any symptoms including an upset stomach, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV), and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FELV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FELV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new cats, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.
Blood Pressure Testing
Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats, but it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain, and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat’s eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.
Routine testing can add years to your cat’s life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.