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 work before any surgical procedure is always a good idea, as it gives us a better overall picture of your pet’s health and well-being.
A small amount of blood is drawn by one of our veterinarians or technicians. The blood is analyzed to check for a variety of internal health parameters. This allows us to carefully choose which anesthetics and postoperative pain medications are the safest for your pet. It also tells us if there is any trouble or ill health, which may not be apparent on physical examination. If there are abnormalities in any of the parameters of the blood work we can either post pone the procedure and retest your pet at a later time, or suggest further diagnostics to get to the underlying disease process, or change the drug protocol and proceed with the surgery. This all equates to safe and uneventful anesthetic.
When the blood test results are normal, we keep that information in our files. It can be accessed over the years to tell us what is normal for your pet and compare it to future test results.
Tantallon Veterinary Hospital is fully equipped with in house blood services so all samples are run on site.
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