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Blood Tests for Cats

Bloodwork plays a vital role in determining the overall health of your cat. We have the ability to run blood tests in house and we also have the option to submit bloodwork to an outside lab called Idexx.

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

Blood tests or bloodwork checks the function of the internal organs of your cat, as well as the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Running regular bloodwork on your cat can help catch any illnesses and diseases early, which in turn can help with the prognosis.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

This will depend on what blood test we are running. Any blood work that is run in clinic takes about an hour. However, if we need to send out the blood sample to our external lab, most tests can take 1-2 days to get the results, and some others can take up to a week.

How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?

Routine blood work does not usually require any preparation for the owner. Depending on what we are testing for your cat, they may need to be fasted, require the blood to be drawn at a certain time after a medication has been given, or we may need to keep your cat for the day. The best option is to give us a call for more information.

How often should blood tests be done?

We recommend doing routine blood work on a yearly basis, even if your cat is not showing any signs and appears relatively healthy. Every cat has their own baseline of normal and knowing their normal when they are not sick can help determine the degree of illness when or if they become ill.

Does your hospital perform urinalysis and biopsy?

At Embrun Veterinary Hospital, we do perform urinalysis. This is a test that we can run in clinic, but in special cases we may need to send it to Idexx (our external laboratory). We can also perform biopsy procedures at our hospital. These samples are also sent to Idexx for evaluation and interpretation.

Last updated: December 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

In light of the rising cases of COVID-19 in our region, we will be introducing more stringent physical distancing measures effective immediately. This is all a part of our effort to continue providing the care that our patients deserve, while also providing the utmost protection for our team members and clients. Please kindly review the points below before your next appointment.

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: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 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 Embrun Veterinary Hospital