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 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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Our doors are now unlocked and we are allowing 2 people at a time in the clinic for food sales and medication pick-up only (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".
We do ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the clinic and use the hand sanitizing station outside our doors. If you require a mask, please call the clinic for assistance prior to entering. Anyone who enters the clinic will be asked to sign in and provide their name and phone number for tracking purposes.
3. OPERATING HOURS
Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Sunday: Closed
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital