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.
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.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 250-923-4292. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Our grooming department is closed until further notice.
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. 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, debit cards, and e-transfer payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Campbell River Veterinary Hospital