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Feature November 2016 Issue

The Importance of Blood Tests in Feline Disorders

A very small amount of blood can tell your veterinarian a lot about your cat’s health. Blood tests become especially important as your pet ages.

The Importance of Blood Tests in Feline Disorders

A blood count and chemistry panel can reveal many feline disorders at an early stage — when they are easier to diagnose, treat and manage. Here's how.

The average cat has about two ounces of blood coursing through her arteries, veins and capillaries for every two pounds of body weight. Like human blood, feline blood is a blend of red cells (erythrocytes); white cells (leukocytes); tiny disk-shaped bodies called platelets; and a colorless fluid (plasma) in which these components and other life-supporting ingredients — such as hormones, proteins and salts — are suspended.

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