Since your cat cannot tell us what is wrong, our team must sometimes supplement physical exams with sophisticated diagnostic testing using our laboratory.
Cat Laboratory Info
Purrfurably Cats Veterinary Clinic is equipped with a complete, modern diagnostic in-house laboratory with results available in only minutes! This gives us the advantage to review, formulate, and implement treatment plans during the same clinic visit. Minimizing the stress of multiple clinic visits. In addition, we work with several outside referral labs should your cat require more specialized testing.
- ProCyte Dx® Hematology Analyzer will test for a complete blood count (CBC). This is used to evaluate the red and white blood cells and determine the number of each type of cell present. Analysis allows evaluation for anemia, the presence of inflammation, stress, and inability to fight disease, allergies, and infection.
- Catalyst Dx® Chemistry Analyzer will provide information of organ function and dysfunction. Information such as blood glucose and electrolytes are examples of some.
- SNAPshotDx® Analyzer can be used for various tests including thyroid levels (T4) which is used to monitor the function of the thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism (high levels of thyroid production) is common in cats. The thyroid hormones affect weight gain/loss, kidney function, and heart muscle. The Snapshot can also be used for viral testing for FIV and Feline Leukemia.
Early blood testing can show evidence of diseases such as diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference. Diagnostic testing is also included in pre-anesthetic screenings prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia. Annual wellness blood and urine tests, along with other diagnostics, assist our veterinarians in the early detection of diseases and health conditions.