Warwick Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA, provides numerous types of lab tests for your cat, such as:
- Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
- Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV)
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Blood chemistry
- Liver function
- Kidney function
- Electrolyte levels
- Protein levels
- Blood glucose levels
- Thyroid levels
- Cardiac ProBNP
- Fecal exam
Many of these lab tests are recommended during your pet's annual wellness exam, and each lab test is essential. We recommend performing routine blood work during your cat's yearly wellness exam. Blood work allows us to monitor essential organ functions. Regular blood work will enable us to track trends and diagnose certain diseases at the earliest stage possible. When diagnosed early, many diseases can be slowed significantly or possibly even reversed with treatment.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends your cat have an intestinal parasite screening at least once a year. Common parasites we look for are:
Several of these parasites are transmittable to humans, and children are particularly at risk. Therefore, having your cat tested regularly is highly recommended. Having your cat tested not only allows us to help maintain your cat's health but might also keep you and your family healthier as well. FeLV and FIV are viruses that are sometimes discovered in cats. FeLV is short for Feline Leukemia Virus. FeLV spreads through casual contact with cats that are infected. FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. The primary manner of transmission of FIV is through bite wounds. However, it can also be transmitted through the mother's milk while a kitten is nursing.
Both of these viruses can affect your cat's life expectancy negatively and can pose the risk of infection to other cats in the home. It is essential to have your kitten tested for FeLV and FIV during their first visit with us. If we know that your feline friend is positive for one or both of these viruses, it allows for better treatment when they become ill.
Call us today (757-595-3337) to schedule your cat's annual exam. Our goal is to keep your cat as healthy as possible while also protecting your family.