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Blood tests are used to check many things and are an important diagnostic tool for our veterinarians. A small amount of blood provides us with a wealth of information. Our most common blood test is a “Wellness Profile” which consists of a biochemical analysis that checks liver and kidney function, protein levels, electrolyte balance and a CBC to check the red and white blood cell counts, platelet count and PCV.
If your cat is sick, our veterinarians will recommend a blood screen to check for changes from the normal values which can help in the diagnosis of your cat’s problem. If your cat is healthy, a blood screen allows us to establish the normal values for your cat and then, as your cat ages, we can monitor any changes to those values.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
Our hospital is equipped with an in-house laboratory so we can have the results of the blood tests within 15-20 minutes.
What precautions should I take before a blood test?
Just as with humans, a cat should fast prior to having a blood test. The fasting ensures there will not be any interfering factors (such as fatty blood from a recent meal) when we run the blood tests.
How often should blood tests be done?
Ideally, blood tests should be done once a year. Cats have much shorter lifespans than humans do, and annual blood tests can help pick up problems before the cat is showing symptoms. As the cat ages into the senior years, it is recommended to have blood tests run every six months.
Do you also do urinalysis and biopsy?
Yes, our hospital is equipped to perform urinalysis and biopsies. The urinalysis requires only a small amount of urine and it is a good predictor of illness. A biopsy is only done when there is a medical need for it (such as a mass or skin lesion) so that test is not a part of a routine health screen. However, if the veterinarian has recommended a biopsy for your pet, our hospital is equipped to perform the procedure.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm Wednesday: 8 am - 7 pm Friday: 8 am - 4 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!