Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Barriefield Animal Hospital