Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Cats are masters of disguise. In the early stages of many chronic illnesses, they show absolutely no outward signs of disease. Their behaviour and physical examination findings can be normal. Blood testing allows us to detect illness in the early stage, which in turn, allows us to treat the disease more effectively. In cats with established chronic illness, such as kidney disease or hyperthyroidism, blood tests are essential in monitoring the response to treatment and keeping up with new changes as they occur. This dramatically improves the quality of life in our patients.
We recommend blood work for all our patients undergoing anesthesia and screening blood work at 8 years of age, to ensure we are catching diseases early, while we can still make a positive impact on their long-term health.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
Some tests can be performed in the clinic and we can have results back in a few hours. Other tests have to be sent out to our referral laboratory and we usually get results back in a couple of days, depending on which test is being run, the veterinarian or technician can tell you what to expect when the blood is being collected.
What precautions should I take before a blood test?
Please call the clinic to discuss any need for fasting or medication administration prior to the blood collection appointment.
How often should blood tests be done?
This depends on the health status of your pet and any underlying diseases that we are monitoring. Expect blood tests to be recommended as a kitten, before surgeries and once they reach 8 years of age.
Do you also do urinalysis and biopsy?
We perform urinalysis in-house and can also send out to IDEXX laboratories. Biopsies can be taken in our hospital and then, are sent out to be reviewed by a veterinary pathologist.
All cats, but indoor cats especially, need enrichment and mental stimulation. Enrichment can increase activity (which can help with weight control) and prevent many behavioural issues related to low mental stimulation (things like inappropriate litter box usage, anxiety, aggression and attention-seeking).
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!