August 2007 Issue

Understand Feline Anemia

A severe deficiency of red blood cells can make you cat's life miserable. Here's what you should know.

Veterinarians generally recommend that all cats undergo a thorough physical examination at least once a year until they have reached seven or eight years of age, and twice annually thereafter as they progress into their senior years. Such a multifaceted exam will include a complete blood count (CBC), a procedure that, thanks to a variety of sophisticated laboratory techniques and equipment, can reveal or at least suggest the presence of many feline health disorders. (See related article in the June 2007 issue of CatWatch.)

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