Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

call icon
519.893.1360
Blood Test for Cats

Blood Tests for Cats

Nobody enjoys having their blood taken, but there are many benefits that outweigh the minor discomfort of blood testing. Cats have the disadvantage of not being able to tell us if something is wrong. Their instinct is to hide it from us instead. Blood testing in combination with regular check-ups is a great way to screen for any problems that may be arising.

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


Blood tests are important for your cat’s health, as cats are very good at hiding their diseases. Routine blood testing can catch a disease early, which can help control or slow down a disease process. The most common diseases that we find in cats include kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes. When running routine blood tests, these diseases can be detected before symptoms are noticed. For example, once clinical signs are seen for kidney disease, there is at least 75% damage to the kidneys already.

How long does it take to get blood test results?


We have many options for blood testing. Often, we send our wellness blood tests to an external lab, where we receive results the following business day. For pre-anesthetic blood testing, emergencies, and some monitoring tests, we can run them in-clinic and have results within an hour.

How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?


There isn’t any ‘prep work’ for cats. If it is a specialty test (something other than a wellness blood test), please call the clinic for instructions.

How often should blood tests be done?


Studies report that one year for a cat is about four years for us. Therefore, we would recommend running routine blood tests yearly. If abnormalities are found, we would recommend running blood tests more frequently and advise you as to how often.

Does your clinic perform urinalysis?


We perform both urinalysis and biopsies here. Urine can be difficult to collect from a cat. Some people have found just using clean empty litterbox works, others use a non-absorbent product, such as NoSorb (for cats that need something to dig in the litterbox), while others require a cystocentesis (a sterile procedure is done in-clinic to collect urine). Urine is best run as fresh as possible and no more than 4 hours old.

Blog

Being a Veterinary Technician

October was Veterinary Technician Month, though many of us feel that it could be a year-round celebration.

Read More
See All Articles

Last updated: July 2, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 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 - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- 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 Manitou Animal Hospital Team