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.
Blood tests provide the veterinarians with an inside look at your cat’s overall health. Blood work is recommended and/or necessary before surgery to reduce the risk of general anesthetic. Blood work is also used to monitor the body’s systems when on long-term medications.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
Viral testing (FIV/FELV) early in a cat’s life is essential. Finding early diseases before the kitten/cat is symptomatic so we can alter diet/therapy and start medication. A complete blood panel is important for showing what’s going on with your cat’s internal systems.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
Most of our blood work is run, and your doctor can have answers for you on the same day. If it’s blood work that must be sent to a lab, it can take anywhere from three to seven days depending on the test.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
Some blood tests require that your cat has fasted, also if your cat is on medication some blood work has to be timed around the time you gave your pet their last dose of medication. Our team will instruct you on what to prepare for.
How often should blood tests be done?
Senior cats should have yearly blood work to monitor the internal body systems. Cats going under sedation or general anesthetic also should have blood work done to reduce any risks of anesthesia.
Does your clinic perform urinalysis and biopsy?
Yes, we do, if this is needed your doctor will make a recommendation to you during your exam.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 6, patients seeing a Veterinarian will be able to have one family member inside the hospital for the duration of the appointment.
Our new policies:
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Please bring a mask if your appointment is in the clinic.
We will continue with a closed door policy for clients wishing to maximize physical distancing. 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Campbell River Veterinary Hospital