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Blood Tests for Cats

There are two different types of blood work that our veterinarians will recommend. The first is called a pre-anesthetic panel which is recommended before a surgery. Anesthesia is one of the risks of surgery, so we want to ensure there are no potential complications. This panel checks organ functions, electrolyte levels, white blood cells and red blood cells. The pre-anesthetic panel is recommended at the time of a spay or neuter or anytime your cat goes under anesthetic. The pre-anesthetic panel also provides a baseline for a young healthy cat in case they become ill later in life. The second type of blood work is a senior blood panel and is recommended when your cat is 7 years or older. Your cat ages 7 years every 1 human year which means there can be many medical changes that can occur in one year. A senior blood panel checks organ functions, electrolytes, platelets, proteins, glucose, white blood cells, red blood cells, and thyroid levels. This panel provides much needed valuable information for our veterinarians and is also recommended if your cat becomes ill.

Why does my cat need a blood test?

Blood tests performed on your cat are important in many ways for their health. It helps our veterinarians catch disease processes early and if the blood work is normal it provides our veterinarians with a baseline should your cat become ill. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding blood work for your cat and we will be happy to discuss the benefits of bloodwork.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

We have an in-house laboratory which allows the veterinarians to have results in about 20 minutes. This allows our veterinarians to treat your cat accordingly and it tells them a lot about your cat.

What precautions should I take before a blood test?

No precautions are needed. We may ask you to fast your cat for 12 hours prior to the blood test which allows for more accurate results and gives our veterinarians a better picture on what’s going on. When your pet is fasting, we recommend a morning appointment, so we can take the blood right away, that way your cat can go home and eat breakfast.

How often should blood tests be done?

Blood tests are a very important tool when your cat becomes ill. If your cat becomes ill our veterinarians will recommend blood work to help them diagnose a problem. Our veterinarians recommend all cats that are 7 years or older have senior blood work performed every year at the time of their wellness exam. Remember cats age 7 years per 1 human year so a lot can change in one year.

Do you also perform a urinalysis?

Our in-house laboratory is equipped with a urine analyzer. Your cat’s urine can help our veterinarians diagnose kidney disease, bladder infections, inflammation, and diabetes. We can also find crystals which may indicate bladder stones. We recommend a urinalysis in our senior cats over the age of 7 years. If your cat is urinating inappropriately in your house, our veterinarians will recommend a urinalysis to rule out a bladder infection.

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Last Updated: November 27, 2020

Dear Clients,

Our region is seeing increased cases of Covid-19 and as a result, more stringent pandemic response measures have been put in place by our government. To ensure that we follow these new protocols, our veterinary hospital is returning to a Closed-Door Policy effective immediately.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

3. PAYMENT METHODS

Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.

4. CHANGES TO CURBSIDE PICKUP

With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. Masks are mandatory in hospital at all times. No exceptions. Please use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. Maximum of two people in the reception area at all times.
  5. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  6. Your order will be ready with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items.

5. ONLINE ORDERING 

Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. OPERATION HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

We will always be here, so your pet will continue to receive the care they deserve. With this new system, we will provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members. This protocol may take longer; however, it is something we have to do to keep our community safe. With that in mind, please be extra patient and kind to our team members. These circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team. Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of Covid-19. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 403-342-6040. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital