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Blood Tests for Cats

Just like in humans, blood work is an essential part of a diagnostic picture. When you do blood work on your cat, we ensure that we do all the tests needed to ensure there is a complete picture. The veterinarian will test to ensure that red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are functioning properly. They will also check electrolytes to assess for imbalances and a panel that has 15 tests will look at all organ function. That is more than 25 tests to aid the veterinarian in diagnosing or to ensure your pet is healthy. At Riverview Animal Hospital, our blood work is done in-house, so you can have an answer quickly.

Why does my cat need a blood screen?

Having blood work done on your cat is important for a long a healthy life. When we screen blood work, it allows us to see any current or potential problems in your cat’s health and treat them accordingly.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

At Riverview Animal Hospital, we do our blood work in-hospital. That ensures we get your pet’s results quickly, usually within 20 minutes!

What precautions should I take before a blood test?

Screening your cat for blood work is very safe and for routine blood work, there is no special action required. Some blood tests do, however, require a fast (no food for 12 hours prior to the test), or have any medications given at a specific time prior to the screening.

How often should blood tests be done?

Cats age at a much quicker rate than humans, because of this the veterinarian will want to check a patient’s blood annually. As cats age, they are able to hide illnesses very well, that is why blood testing can be an integral part of the annual health exam. Preventing or catching a disease early is best for the patient and can potentially increase the patient’s life expectancy.

Do you also do urinalysis and biopsy?

Our clinic offers both urinalysis and biopsies.

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Riverview Animal Hospital helped last week to build the Rebecca Schofield All World Super Play Park. It was a huge community event with over 2, 583 volunteers that built a giant accessible playground for all of Greater Moncton's Children to enjoy. Rebecca Schofield is Riverview New Brunswick's international celebrity. In 2016, at 16 years old Rebecca became ill, what was thought to be the flu turn into a diagnosis of Brain Cancer. In the short time before her death in 2018, Rebecca started a global movement, by inspiring people around the world to simply be kind to one another. Her hashtag #beccatoldmeto is to this day still seen all over the world as people perform random acts of kindness. Her legacy lives on making the world a better place one act of kindness at a time. We were very proud to be able to do our small part in helping to build the playground. We know that Becca's legacy will carry on for years to come, and I know the team at RAH will think of her every time we see the smiles of children as they play on their new beautiful playground. Written by: Riverview Animal Hospital  

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