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 testing is one of the most important tools we have to help us diagnose ill cats. If done regularly, we are even able to catch blood changes, which can indicate early stages of various metabolic disorders before the cat even shows any symptoms. When this happens, we are better able to help your kitty live a longer and happier life!
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
Cats are prone to many health conditions, especially as they age. A cat who drinks a lot of water could be sick with a number of conditions, and blood work could help us find the proper diagnosis and the correct treatment.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
The turnaround time varies depending on whether the testing is done in the clinic or at our outside lab, Idexx. Generally, if the blood work is done in the clinic, we get the results the same day. If the blood is sent to Idexx, it can take 3-4 business days.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
The most important thing you can do is to get your cat used to its carrier, as well as the car so that your cat is not stressed before it arrives. If our patient is not stressed then our task of drawing blood is much easier on both your cat and us.
How often should blood tests be done?
We recommend blood work every couple of years for cats not in their senior years. Once your cat is over 9 years of age, we recommend yearly blood work to monitor for kidney function, thyroid hormone level and various other parameters.
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
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 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
3. 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. 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.
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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital