Minimum database by life stage
The minimum database
Although specific data documenting benefits are not available, the panel concluded that regular wellness examinations and collection of the minimum database (Table 2) can be valuable, allowing early detection of disease or trends in clinical or laboratory parameters that may be of concern. Additionally, it provides a baseline for interpretation of data recorded at subsequent visits.
Specific recommendations about age and frequency of laboratory testing depend on many factors.5,18,24 One consideration in determining this frequency is that the incidence of many diseases increases as cats age. Guidelines for management of mature, senior and geriatric cats may be found in the AAFP Senior Guidelines.5Retroviral testing is discussed in detail in the AAFP Retrovirus Testing Guidelines.22 Measurement of blood pressure is discussed in detail in the ACVIM guidelines.25 Although limited incidence studies have been performed to identify the age of onset of hyperthyroidism in cats, the panel recommends that veterinarians strongly consider T4 testing in the apparently healthy mature cat. More robust incidence data is needed to develop firmer recommendations.