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The Importance of Blood Work and Your Pet

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 vet and blood testing allows us to detect problems early and treat as soon as possible. So when should your pet have blood work done?

At your Annual Wellness Visit

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.

When Your Pet is Sick / Emergencies

Blood work 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.

Before Surgery

Blood work should be done before any animal undergoes a procedure requiring anesthesia. This allows us to determine if anesthesia is safe for your pet and if we need to take any special precautions during the procedure.

If Your Pet is on Medication Long Term

Pets on medication should have regular blood work done to make sure the levels of medication in their bodies are safe. It also allows us to watch for any side effects or potential problems. Over time some pets will require dosage changes, and blood work allows us to make these changes as needed.

If your pet falls into any of the above categories, call us and make an appointment to talk about how regular blood screening can help your pet.

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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