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Blood Tests

When our pets are sick, we rely on their behaviour to tell us something is wrong. Unfortunately, oftentimes our pets don’t act differently, or we miss small changes and illness becomes quite advanced before we see the signs. Regular visits to your veterinarian and blood testing, allow us to detect problems early and treat as soon as possible.

Why is it important to perform blood tests for dogs?


Remember, it’s in your pet’s nature to hide illness. In the wild, sick animals don’t survive. Most animals won’t show they’re sick until it is advanced enough that they can’t hide it anymore. Blood work will catch problems early and maximize chances of success. These tests will tell us exactly what is going on and allows us to make immediate decisions to help your pet. It also helps us determine medications and therapies to maximize your pet’s chances of recovery.

How do I interpret my dog’s blood test results?


Well, to be honest, that’s what we are for. Our veterinarians will look at the test results and interpret them for you. You are more than welcome to ask any questions you may have. Our job is to ensure you understand any issues we find so that we can come up with a plan together, that will best help your pet.

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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:

Appointments

  • 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