We remain open to provide 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.

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Blood Tests for Cats

A blood test is used to assess your cat’s internal body systems. It is a snapshot in time of how your cat is functioning. The most common blood tests performed at our clinic are a complete blood count (CBC) or chemistry. A CBC is looking at red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to look for an infection or anemia for example. A blood chemistry assesses organ function and looks for electrolyte imbalances that can make your cat sick.

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


Blood tests are an important diagnostic tool for a variety of reasons. They can aid in determining a cause for your cat’s illness, to be sued to monitor your cat’s response to a medication or therapy or to assess organ function to see if it is safe for your cat to go under general anesthesia. Blood work is also a great tool for health monitoring. It can be used to catch a disease early before it becomes a problem.

How long does it take to get blood test results?


At our hospital, we have an in-house laboratory, so we are able to get blood tests results back in minutes. There are however some tests that we cannot run at the clinic and we need to send the blood to an outside laboratory. Those test results are usually returned to use within a day or two.

How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?


If you are bringing your cat in for a blood test it is a good idea for them to come fates (no food for at least 4 hours). Sometimes, our patients need to be sedated if they become stressed during blood collection. Some of the sedatives we use can make your cat vomit if they have a full stomach. If you are unsure about whether your cat needs blood work or to be sedated before an appointment, please call the clinic before your appointment.

How often should blood tests be done?


For the average cat, blood tests should be done once a year, when they come in for their annual wellness exam. This is especially important once your cat is over 8-years-old because this is when your cat is at an increased risk for diseases like chronic kidney disease or hyperthyroidism. Some cats may need blood work more often, depending on their health status.

Does your clinic perform urinalysis and biopsy?


Our clinic performs both urinalysis and biopsies. A urinalysis is important for identifying diseases that affect the urinary tract, such as an infection or systemic disease such as diabetes. We can run a urinalysis in-house. A biopsy is a small piece taken from either a mass or organ to look at the tissue at a microscopic level. A veterinarian may take a biopsy if they want to know if a mass was cancerous or not. Biopsies are taken at our clinic are usually a surgical procedure but sent to a veterinary pathologist for diagnosis.

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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 23, 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 519.631.0430. 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.

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: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, & Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 Elgin Animal Hospital