During an exam, Dr. Cacciottoli may recommend diagnostic testing to help determine if your cat is healthy or why they may be sick. Here is a list of some of the diagnostic services we offer:
- Blood work including a complete blood cell count, chemistry, thyroid level
- FIV and Feline Leukemia testing
- Blood pressure measurement
- GI profiles
- Fecal testing
- Fungal testing
- Cytology and histopathology
- Allergy testing
How do you collect blood from a cat?
We routinely draw blood from a vein located on the inside of a back leg or from the jugular vein located in the neck. We will shave a small amount of fur in one of these areas and use a very small needle to draw blood. The blood is then sent to the lab for analysis and we usually receive results back within 24 hours.
How do you collect urine from a cat?
If urine is collected in the clinic, we can collect it one of two ways: either by cystocentesis (inserting a small needle into the bladder) or by “free catch” which means the cat gives us a voided sample in a clean, empty litter box.
If your cat does not have a large bladder at the time or your appointment, we may have you leave your cat with us for several hours until the bladder fills up or have you drop off another day for urine collection.
You also have the option to collect urine at home and bring the sample to us: Put your cat in a bathroom or other room without carpet or rugs and give him or her a clean, empty litter box. Most of the time you will need to leave your cat in there overnight until he or she gives you a sample.
You can place the urine in a clean container or suck it up in a clean syringe to bring to us. A sample should not be more than 24 hours old for analysis.
How do you obtain a blood pressure measurement in a cat?
We place a small blood pressure cuff around a front leg and use a doppler machine to hear the cat’s heart beat. We like to do this in the exam room with you and near the beginning of the appointment before any other diagnostic tests are performed to try to measure it when the cat is the least stressed.
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