How Often Does Your Cat Really Need Blood Work?

On whether annual blood screening is necessary.


There is no dispute about how often a cat should have a physical exam. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) all agree that every pet cat should have a wellness visit once a year, twice yearly if the cat is older. (The AAFP says twice a year is the correct frequency once a cat turns 11.) What’s not set in stone is how often blood tests should be done as part of those exams.

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