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Blood Tests for Cats

We do the best we can when it comes to keeping our pets happy and healthy. When something isn’t right with their behaviour or mood, it might be time to talk to a vet about running some blood work.

Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?

Blood tests are important as they can aid your veterinarian in assessing your cat’s overall health. Typically, your veterinarian will recommend a blood test if they are concerned about internal disease, before any general anesthetic, before prescribing long-term medications and to assess organ function in older animals. Blood tests can also be used to detect viral diseases, immune diseases and infections.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

The length of time before results are seen depends on the testing performed. At Prevost Veterinary Clinic, we have the capability of running certain blood tests in our own clinic. Results for these tests are usually seen within 30 minutes. For other tests that need to be sent to a lab, results are usually seen within 1-2 business days but may take up to a week for more extensive tests.

How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?

Preparation for the blood test is dependent on the testing performed. Sometimes fasting for 12hrs prior to the blood collection is required. If the blood test is looking at the performance of certain medications, the blood collection may need to be taken within a certain amount of time after the medication has been given. It is always best to ask our staff if you haven’t already been directed.

How often should blood tests be done?

Frequency of blood tests should be determined based on the individual animal’s conditions and needs. Doing blood work for apparently healthy animals can be a great strategy to watch for changes in their “normal” levels or to catch early changes in organ health prior to the onset of signs that your animal is sick.

Does your hospital perform urinalysis and biopsy?

Yes, we have the ability to run some urine tests in the clinic. Culture and sensitivity testing of the urine is sent off to a reference lab, and results are reported within 3-5 days. Tissue biopsies may be performed in the clinic but are sent off for analysis to a reference lab to be analyzed by a veterinary pathologist. Results are usually reported within 7 days.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.715.5143. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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.

- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic