We remain open to provide urgent care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.
2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.