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Thank you for continuing to be patient with us as we navigate these strange and challenging times. We have now reopened our waiting room to clients who want to come in for appointments or pick up food or medication. Our waiting room limit is six people, and masks are still required regardless of vaccination status. Our exam rooms are not yet open for in-person appointments due to their extremely small size and recent reports of the rapid spread of COVID 19 variants.

If you would like to come into the clinic, we will have a veterinary assistant meet you in the waiting room to take a history. You then have the option of hanging out in the waiting room or running an errand during the time of your cat’s exam. If you decide to stay in the waiting room, the doctor can speak with you in person after the exam. If you prefer to run an errand, the doctor will give you a call after the completion of the exam.

Curbside service is still available if you would like to limit contact. If you prefer curbside service, please stay in your car and call or text us when you arrive in the parking area on the day of your visit. We will have a veterinary assistant complete the history over the phone. We will then meet you in front of the clinic to get your pet and its carrier. We ask that you stay nearby and keep your phone readily accessible for curbside appointments. Most appointments are 45 minutes long.

If your cat is here for a drop-off visit, you can return home until the doctor contacts you to discuss their exam findings and projected pick-up time.

For all interactions with our staff, masks are still required regardless of vaccination status.

Mercer Island, WA

Cat Diagnostics

Learn more about our cat diagnostic services below.

Feline Friendly

Low-stress Environment

Compassionate Service

Cat Diagnostics

Wouldn’t it be great if our cats could simply tell us when they weren’t feeling well? That way they could explain their symptoms, show us where it hurts and answer the questions necessary to help us diagnose and treat the problem in a timely manner.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Therefore, it’s up to us, as pet parents and veterinary professionals, to become the voice for our animal companions. We achieve this through veterinary diagnostics. These tools allow our experienced doctors to get a glimpse inside your pet’s body so that we can quickly and accurately diagnose the problem and develop the most effective treatment plan.

State of the Art Diagnostics

At Island Cats Veterinary Hospital, we utilize a broad spectrum of in-house diagnostic tools to help us manage the ongoing health of our patients. Whether it’s a simple blood or urine test, or advanced imaging through digital x-ray, we’re well equipped and fully prepared to get to the bottom of what may be ailing your loved one.

Because our cats aren’t able to tell us what’s bothering them, veterinary diagnostics can become their voice. If your loved one hasn’t been acting quite like him or herself lately and you’re not sure quite what’s wrong, give us a call to schedule a professional diagnostic evaluation. We’ll have them on the path to good health again before you know it!

Ultrasound
Ultrasound equipment directs a narrow beam of high-frequency sound waves into the area of interest. The sound waves either transmit through, reflect, or absorb in the tissues that they encounter. Any ultrasound waves that are reflected will return as echoes and convert into an image that is displayed on the monitor, giving a 2-dimensional image of the tissues under examination. With the ability to obtain real-time information, outcomes can often be determined immediately.

The exam is completely painless. Light sedation may be used to help the patient lie comfortably while the scan is being performed. Your pet may need to be shaved in the area of interest, as veterinary ultrasound images are of better quality if they have complete contact with the skin.

In-House Laboratory

Our hospital also features an in-house laboratory, which allows us to run tests and get the answers we need right away – often before you and your cat even leave the exam room. This is especially important for those illnesses and injuries for which a timely and accurate diagnosis is critical to a positive outcome. The sooner we get answers, the better the chances of a full and speedy recovery for your four-legged friend. We also have the ability to send labs out to a laboratory for more extensive testing. For most labs that are sent out you will receive results the very next day.

Radiology

Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem, or rule out possible problems.

Cat Diagnostics