Wellness Blood Screening
Wellness Blood Screening is a window into the body to help assess internal organ functions, which cannot be determined based on physical examination alone. Indications of internal organ functions, such as the liver and kidney functions as well as the presence of infection or anemia can be determined. These tests are particularly important for developing baseline values relative to your pet.
Feline Combo Test – Heartworm/FeLV/FIV
Feline Heartworm Antigen tests will detect infections with adult, female worms only. However, a negative result of an antigen test, in the presence of suggestive clinical signs and a positive result of an antibody test, does not preclude heartworm infection and feline dirofilariasis should still be suspected.
We recommend the FeLV test for your pet, which tests for Feline Leukemia. Feline Leukemia is a common infection in cats caused by a virus that has the effect of reducing the body’s ability to fight off infections. Feline Leukemia virus can also cause cancer in about 10 to 20% of the cats infected.
FIV or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is transmissible to other cats. FIV depresses the immune system and allows the cat to be susceptible to other diseases easier than a normal cat. It is best to keep FIV positive patients away from other cats as much as possible.
The biochemical properties of the urine are tested by a urinalysis, and can help to determine the cause of a urinary tract disorder. The presence of blood or white blood cells in the urine indicates inflammation, while a change in the acid content of the urine may indicate infection.
Intestinal Parasite Screening
The fecal flotation is the backbone of intestinal parasite identification. Fecal flotation is primarily used to identify the eggs of the parasites in your pet’s stool. We recommend bringing a fecal sample with you for every visit so we may check your pet for parasites or other infections.