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Blood Tests for Cats

Blood tests are an excellent way to see what is happening internally in the body. Common reasons to perform bloodwork are for general check-ups, any new or ongoing concerns, before surgery and to monitor medication use and effects.

Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?


Blood tests are important to assess internal changes early so we can catch and treat your pet to increase longevity. If your pet is on any long-term medications, it is essential to monitor changes as this could influence the dose.

How long does it take to get blood test results?


In-house blood tests can be completed with the results reported back to you within a couple of hours. Any samples sent out to a lab will take at least 24 hours.

How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?


Preparation for your pet’s blood work is dependent on the type of test they are having done, and they may or may not need to fast. Some tests must also be completed in a specific time frame from when medication has been given or started. If there are any specific instructions for your cat’s blood test, we will let you know upon booking.

How often should blood tests be done?


Animals on specific medications are recommended to have blood work done every six to twelve months. Blood work can also be done during your annual health check or when a concern arises.

Does your hospital perform urinalysis and biopsy?


Animal Medical Centre North offers in house urinalysis, as well as sending urine out to an external laboratory. We also perform biopsy services which are sent out to the laboratory to be examined.

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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

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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:30 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 Animal Medical Centre North