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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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 call us from your cell phone or ring our doorbell so that we know that you've arrived for your appointment. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (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".
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday to 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