Our question this week was:Dr. Debra – my vet said my cat that may have some hepatic issue. I don't have a lot of education – I got my GED – didn't even finish high school and I was a bit intimidated to ask. She is 12-years-old and got some routine blood work done and this is what he said when I picked her up. She seems healthy.
Jilly H. Answer
Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking what the term "hepatic" means. I'm glad you asked. Please ask your vet questions too. This is a medical term and medical terminology really its own language. I would not expect you to know what hepatic means.
Hepatic is a term that refers to "the liver". I am guessing there must have been an elevated liver value on the blood work and your vet made some comment about it.
Give your vet a call and find out how they interpret this. Was it one value, more than one, what do they recommend? If your cat is doing well – they may want to repeat the blood work at some time.
An article that might be helpful to you is Understanding Blood Work: The Biochemical Profile for Cats
. This explains the different parts of some routine blood tests.
Best of luck!
To read most recent questions Click here!Click here to see the full list of Ask Dr. Debra Questions and Answers!