Most pet owners will tell you that they can “read” their pets—they know from a certain bark or a particular look what their pet wants or needs. But that’s not always true when it comes to their health.

Animals instinctually hide symptoms and signs of illness or injury, and this is especially true of cats. Regular exams and blood screenings help us see how your pet’s organs and systems are functioning and makes it possible to catch things early, before they become bigger and more expensive health problems. If your pet does have symptoms we need to investigate, blood work is an essential diagnostic tool.

These regular exams and screenings are even more vital for older pets. Dogs and cats age much faster than we do, and so disease and illness progress faster as well.

The most common blood screenings include:

  • CBC (complete blood count) – this test is a snapshot of the red and white cells in your pet’s blood and can reveal many conditions such as anemia, dehydration, or active infections
  • Blood chemistry panels – check internal organ and system functions
  • Heartworm – usually simple and inexpensive, checks for heartworm proteins in the blood
  • FeLV/FIV – tests for two potentially deadly diseases in cats, feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
  • Snap 4DX – screens for tick-borne diseases
  • Thyroid testing – thyroid disease is common in elder pets, so regular testing is important

We want to be a partner in helping your pet live the longest, healthiest life possible. If it’s been over a year since your pet has seen the vet, schedule an appointment online or call us at (630) 297-4709.