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.
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.
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, 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: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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!
- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic