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 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.
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 780-539-0636. 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 Sunday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
4. 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card 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 Animal Medical Centre North