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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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Last updated: March 9, 2021

Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

EMERGENCY CASES

- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015, and we'll provide further instructions.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

WE ARE CHANGING OUR EMERGENCY SYSTEM INTO A TRUE TRIAGE-BASED SYSTEM

We will no longer have suggested appointment times for urgent care situations.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

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