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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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 remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. 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 - Sunday: 9:00 am – 7:00 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 Tantallon Veterinary Hospital