Blood Tests for Cats
At Oakbank Animal Hospital, we offer a wide range of on-site blood tests and other laboratory services such as urinalysis, fecal exams, ear/skin cytology and fine needle aspirates. Most of these tests yield same-day results.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
Blood tests are important as they can aid your veterinarian in accessing your cat’s overall health. Typically, your veterinarian will recommend a blood test before any general anesthetic to assist in appropriate dosing and prescribing of long-term medications and to assess organ function. Blood tests can also be used to detect viral diseases, immune diseases and infections.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
Your veterinary team will advise you on the appropriate steps required before your cat’s blood test.
How often should blood tests be done?
Your veterinarian will recommend a blood test before any major sedation or general anesthetic. Blood tests may also be recommended annually or as needed for senior cats. Cats are considered to be senior after 8 years of age. Regular blood screens are the most effective way to detect the early signs of renal failure in cats.
Does your hospital perform urinalysis and biopsy?
Yes, we offer urinalysis at our hospital.