Get to the Root of the Problem
Identifying the source of health problems quickly and effectively is one of our main goals at Cats & Critters. Early detection can prevent small issues from becoming major concerns, and our team is well-equipped with a range of diagnostic tools to help your pet.
At Cats & Critters, we use digital radiographs (x-rays) to provide a thorough examination of your pet’s internal health. X-rays are especially useful to show changes in bone, irregular shapes in the abdomen, and the presence of foreign objects. Common reasons we recommend a radiograph include the occurrence of suspected injuries and illness.
The use of digital technology allows us to examine and distribute images much more quickly and requires less radiation than traditional methods. Similar to the transition from film to digital photography, the use of digital imaging is a significant advancement in veterinary care. Cats & Critters is proud to provide our clients with this service.
At Cats & Critters, we maintain an in-house laboratory to provide you with important test results quickly and efficiently. Our range of testing includes:
- Blood chemistry panel
This is a series of tests that provide information about your pet’s internal organs and metabolic health. It is useful in screening for liver or kidney disease and to assess your pet’s current levels of sodium, potassium, and chloride.
- Complete blood cell count (CBC)
The CBC reveals the number and condition of your pet’s red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A CBC can be used to indicate anemia, infection, or issues with blood clotting.
- Stool analysis
Examining your pet’s stool helps identify parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms.
- Urine analysis
With only a small sample, we can learn much about your pet’s kidney function and look for evidence of a urinary tract infection or diabetes. This test is often performed along with a CBC and blood chemistry panel to provide a complete picture of your pet’s overall health.
We also recommend testing felines for the following conditions:
- Feline leukemia virus (FeLV)
This disease can be diagnosed by conducting a simple blood test called an ELISA, which identifies FeLV proteins in the blood. This test is highly sensitive and can identify infections at a very early stage.
- Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
An FIV infection is often diagnosed by a blood test which looks for the presence of antibodies. We will interpret the results and determine whether additional testing is required.
Monitoring Your Pet’s Blood Pressure
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a significant health concern for which there are many underlying causes. Through a fairly quick and easy process, we can check your pet’s blood pressure and inform you of any potential problems. We recommend routine screening for acute and chronically ill pets, as well as pets entering their senior years.
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