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 a very important tool in diagnosing many different diseases, as well as giving us insight into organ function and cellular activity. Blood tests are useful in observing a baseline for healthy animals and choosing safe anesthetic for surgery patients.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
It gives us a lot more information about your pet’s overall condition that we can’t see from a physical exam alone.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
Most of the blood tests we run can be done in the clinic. We usually have results within 15-30 minutes!
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
Unless we require medication to be given at a specific time prior to the blood draw or fasting for a period of time, there is no preparation necessary. We will inform you of any special instructions.
How often should blood tests be done?
Your veterinarian will decide if your cat needs to have blood tests based on their physical exam. If there are concerns about your cat’s health, it can be a helpful diagnostic tool. Some cats require blood work on a regular basis due to certain medical conditions, or being on medications that require close monitoring.
Does your hospital perform urinalysis and biopsy?
We perform urinalysis in-house and have the results in minutes. Biopsy samples can be collected in the clinic, and usually sent to a specialized lab for further examination.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 902.826.9344. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!
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.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00 am - 7:00 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 and take payment over the phone.
5. Credit card and debit card payments are a preferred method for contactless payments.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
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 Tantallon Veterinary Hospital