Inflammation tests are used to diagnose inflammation in cats. Inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors such as infections, allergies, and autoimmune disorders. Inflammation tests are used to measure the levels of various biomarkers in cats, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), which indicate inflammation in the body. Testing for inflammation can help diagnose and monitor numerous health conditions, including chronic conditions like arthritis or neurodegenerative disorders. The results of an inflammation test can help veterinarians develop an appropriate treatment plan and prescribe medications to manage inflammation and alleviate associated symptoms.
CRP is a general biomarker of inflammation and is present in high levels with most inflammatory conditions. hsCRP is a highly sensitive type of CRP that can detect lower levels of inflammation and is used to monitor patients with chronic inflammatory conditions.
Inflammation tests are typically performed on a blood sample taken from the cat. The sample is sent to a laboratory where it is analyzed for biomarkers of inflammation.