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.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
Blood work may be recommended for your cat if they are unwell, or as a method of early disease detection in an otherwise healthy pet. We also recommend blood work prior to any anesthetic procedure to make sure there are no abnormalities that may alter our plan for a safe anesthetic.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
We have an in-house laboratory to get the quickest possible results for a sick patient in anywhere from 10-30 minutes. If sent out to our reference laboratory, the results of your pet’s blood work are usually received within 1-2 days of collecting the sample. At this time, your veterinarian will call you to discuss any abnormalities and the recommended next steps. Some blood value irregularities are not significant depending on the age, breed, and overall health of your pet. When a concerning abnormality is present, your veterinarian may suggest ongoing monitoring, treatment, or further diagnostic workup.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
We will advise you beforehand, whether any steps should be taken to prepare your pet for their blood work prior to their visit. Some blood tests require a 12-hour fast prior to collection, as fat in the blood can interfere with the results.
How often should blood tests be done?
This is very dependent on the health of your pet and how they are responding to treatments prescribed by the attending veterinarian.
Does your clinic perform urinalysis and biopsy?
We routinely perform a urinalysis to help diagnose the cause of a urinary tract issue and to check kidney function. A urine sample can be tested in-house or sent to our reference laboratory. Samples can be collected by one of three methods (free catch, cystocentesis, or catheterization) depending on the medical concern.
Biopsy procedures are performed in-hospital under local anesthesia and sedation, or under general anesthetic. The collected samples are sent to an outside reference laboratory for histopathology.
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 613-544-7387. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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 - 6:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. 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.
7. 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital