Blood Test for Cats

South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital has two options for blood testing. If immediate results are needed, we offer a wide range of on-site laboratory tests to provide answers, so that we can start appropriate treatment for your cat right away. We also work together with the team at Idexx Laboratories for non-urgent lab testing or more specialized tests that may be required to help care for your cat. You can rest assured that our team is working to provide accurate results to help us attend to your cat’s health.

Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?

Many common blood tests allow our veterinarians to assess your pet’s overall health. Whether your pet is healthy, about to undergo anesthesia, or not feeling well, blood tests are a non-invasive option that allows for quick assessment of the major organ systems of the body. Routine testing can allow us to catch many common health conditions before they begin to impact your cat’s health, helping us to help him or her live a long and healthy life.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

Depending on the tests required results can be obtained in as little as 30 minutes when done in the hospital. Most samples that are sent to Idexx labs have results back to our doctors for interpretation in 1-2 days. There are a few very specialized tests that can take longer. Feel free to ask our team members when you can expect results.

How should I prepare my cat for their blood test?

In some cases, fasting is required or perhaps even preventing your cat from using the litter box before you come for your appointment. Our veterinary team can advise you of any special preparation that is required for the lab testing that your cat needs.

How often should blood tests be done?

Every cat is different, but in general, we would suggest blood testing to be done before any anesthetic procedure. Also, most senior pets (7 years or older) benefit from annual screenings to catch any health changes as soon as possible.