In-House Labwork at The Cat's Meow

March 31, 2016

At The Cat's Meow we use Idexx Reference Laboratories, the industry leader in diagnostic testing, for many of our specialized tests; however, the turnaround on these tests is usually at least 24 hours.  Fortunately, The Cat's Meow has some of the same Idexx lab equipment in-house for running tests in less than 30 minutes.


Immediate testing allows for immediate treatment.  By having this diagnostic information readily available, we can discuss the results with you in the same appointment and prevent multiple trips to our office for follow-up diagnostics. In-house lab also allows for The Cat's Meow to perform pre-anesthetic testing on the morning of surgery.  This pre-anesthetic lab allows us to have confidence anesthesia will be safe for your kitty.  If we have any concerns then we will reschedule surgery for a later date. 


Our in-house lab features two critical pieces of equipment, Chemistry and Hematology.  We also use various SNAP tests for additional information.



Our chemistry tests evaluate organ function, electrolyte status, hormone levels and more. They are important in evaluating older cats, cats with vomiting and diarrhea or toxin exposure, cats receiving long-term medications, and health before anesthesia.




Our hematology provides information on hydration status, anemia, infection, and blood’s clotting ability, and the ability of the immune system to respond. This test is essential for cats with fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, pale gums, or loss of appetite. If your cat needs surgery, a CBC can detect bleeding disorders or other unseen abnormalities. 





SNAP tests are quick, single-value, tests which provide a visual result instead of a numeric value.










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