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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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. 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.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocols to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

1. For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, our front door is locked, and clients will not be allowed to enter the building.

2. We are still open, with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

3. We will be limiting our appointments to emergencies, pets in need of a medical appointment and time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. During these appointments, we still ask that clients remain in their vehicle, and we will transport your pet in and out of the vehicle. The veterinarian will discuss your pet's appointment over the phone.

4. For food and medication orders, please call ahead of time, and we will get your order ready. We are able to take your credit card over the phone or we have a portable debit/credit machine for you to use in the parking lot. We are not accepting cash.

5. When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 403-342-6040, and we'll come to you.

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 Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital