Both myself and Debbie (Tubby and Peanut's Mom) have older kitties. My Speckles is 17 and Max is 11. I do NOT have bloodwork done every year. I believe it is not necessary if kitty is peeing, pooping, eating and drinking normally and generally acting normal. I think it's a waste of money ($100 Canadian each time). However, I do not hesitate in getting it done if they show any signs of sickness or before dental sir jury.
Speckles had her first geriatric blood work done in December 2002 just when I joined Pet Talk because she started drinking excessive amounts of water. The tests revealed that her kidney's were starting to fail and she needed to be switched to a low-protein diet. I did not retest her again until recently when she had a few consecutive days of cronic vomiting and diarrhea. Turns out she's OK.
Last edited by slick; 09-25-2004 at 11:22 PM.
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