Blood Tests

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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Last updated: December 23, 2021

Dear Clients,

With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in our region, we are temporarily moving back to curbside service, with no pet parents in the building during appointments. Our top priority here at Elgin Animal Hospital is the ongoing health and safety of our clients, their pets, and our dedicated team members that serve you and the community. Our goal is to remain open in order to provide necessary care for your pets. In order to do this, we need to keep our team healthy and do our best to minimize exposure.

Here is what you can expect:


  • When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 519-631-0430 to let us know you are here
  • Our Reception Team will let you know when we are ready for you, and ask you to come in the appointment door
  • A staff member will meet you just inside the vestibule to take the patient into the hospital for their appointment
  • Our Veterinarian will communicate with you via phone call - so please be sure to bring your cellphone to your appointment!
  • We have payment over the phone for credit cards, or a portable debit machine can be brought to the vestibule if needed
  • Food & Medication Pick Up

  • Will continue safely via the food/med pick-up door Come in the door on your right -- no need to call when you arrive
  • We are highly recommending our clients sign up for myVETstore for purchasing food for their pets
  • We also ask that you please call in your pet's medication & food refills 3-5 days in advance as we are experiencing some shipment delays once again
  • These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. We are constantly analyzing our day-to-day actions and we appreciate your patience. We will continue to implement procedures that are in the best interest of both you, our clients and our staff.

    If you are not feeling well in any way, or if you have interacted with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 we ask that you stay isolated and do not visit us at the clinic. If your pet needs medical attention please have a family member or friend bring in your pet or pick up your prescriptions or food.

    Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (519) 631-0430. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

    - Your dedicated team at Elgin Animal Hospital