Making a Detailed Evaluation of Your Cat’s Health with Diagnostics
Routine physical exams can tell us a lot about what’s happening with your cat’s health, but there are many things that can be overlooked unless we take a more in-depth approach. That’s where our cat diagnostics come in—whether we need to evaluate the state of your pet’s blood, bones, or internal organs, our advanced diagnostic technology in Oxford gives us that capability. If your cat has a serious illness or injury, it’s essential that we make the most accurate diagnosis so we can properly treat their condition.
Our Diagnostic Services
We can utilize our in-house feline diagnostic equipment to not only diagnose illness and injury, but as a pre-surgical safety measure to make sure your cat can properly metabolize anesthesia. Only with laboratory testing can we be sure that your cat’s internal systems are functioning correctly. Our diagnostic services are as follows:
- In-house lab testing
- Feline leukemia and FIV testing
- Giardia testing
- Blood Chemistry Panels
- ProBNP Heart Screen
- Digital radiography (X-rays)
- Outside lab testing
- Fecal testing
- Comprehensive blood work
In-House and Referral Lab Testing
Our in-house lab equipment is used primarily for emergency situations in which quicker results are needed, but we can also run tests for specific values. We send a majority of our samples to outside specialists for more extensive testing and comprehensive results, which usually take about 24 hours. Laboratory testing involves testing fluids/substances such as blood, serum, urine, and feces.
With digital X-rays, we can produce images of your cat’s bones and internal organs to detect:
- Foreign bodies
- Lung and heart problems
Digital X-ray yields clearer pictures than film X-ray, and the images can be sent via email to outside specialists if necessary. This procedure utilizes very small amounts of radiation, so it’s completely safe.
To determine whether a tumor might be cancerous, we’ll either send it whole to a specialist following a tumor removal, or perform fine needle aspiration to collect a sample of cells so they can be evaluated under a microscope.
If your cat is in need of our diagnostics services, please contact us at (203) 264-2287 to make an appointment.