diagnostic testing

Review: Basepaws Cat DNA Test

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Have you ever wondered about your cat’s genetic background? Maybe you were curious what breeds might make up your rescue cat’s genes? Or maybe you’d like to know whether you should be worried about any genetic health conditions so you can be proactive about them? The Basepaws Cat DNA test answers all of these questions.Continue Reading

Ask These Questions Before You Agree to Diagnostic Tests for Your Cat

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Any time you take your cat to the vet, she will perform a thorough head to tail physical examination. Depending on your cat’s age, she may also want to do routine blood and urine testing. If you brought your cat to the vet because of a health issue, she may recommend additional diagnostic tests, such as x-rays and ultrasound to determine the nature of your cat’s illness.Continue Reading

High-tech medicine for your cat: MRI

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the most powerful and accurate diagnostic techniques in medicine today, and has become routine in human medicine. For the past ten years, MRI’s have been available for animals. An MRI provides detailed and valuable information without the higher risk involved in invasive procedures such as exploratory surgeries.

MRI’s are considered in the following situations:

  • Brain or spinal cord injuries or abnormalities
  • Futher diagnostics after x-rays or ultrasound are normal, or unclear
  • Lameness
  • Abnormal nasal bleeding, swelling or discharge
  • Chronic ear disease
  • Some foreign bodies

The benefits on an MRI include:Continue Reading