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.

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Blood Tests for Cats

Testing your cat’s blood can provide us with so much information when your cat is sick. We can assess the health of the major organs, like the kidneys and liver for example, and also check for some types of cancer. There are blood tests to check for more and more conditions all the time. It is also important to do blood testing for healthy cats to help identify disease sooner and prevent any issues that may arise when using certain medications like anesthetics or long-term drugs. If your cat’s blood work is completely normal, that is great news! We have ruled out a large number of health problems and established a normal baseline for the future.

How long does it take to get blood test results?


Some tests can be performed in the clinic, for example, if your cat is sick and we need answers right away. We often send routine blood tests to a laboratory which provides most of our results the next day. A few specialized tests take a bit longer for results. However, the doctor will explain when you can expect results.

How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?


If you know that your cat is having blood taken at their appointment, you cannot feed him/her for 12 hours before the appointment. We can still do the majority of tests on blood from an animal that has eaten, however, occasionally there are some tests that require fasting. The main way to prepare your cat is trying to make the whole experience as positive as possible. If your cat is used to their carrier or comfortable in the car ride here, it can make for a much smoother visit once they arrive. Feel free to ask us for some tips and tricks that can be done to help your cat feel less anxious about their visit.

How often should blood tests be done?


This depends on the age and health status of your cat and whether they are on any long-term medication or have a surgical procedure requiring anesthesia coming up. Ideally, blood work would be done before your cat’s spay or neuter procedure at around 6 months of age. This ensures that we have normal organ function prior to surgery and establishes a normal baseline for the future. If a medical issue arises, especially any major changes in weight, appetite or water consumption, blood testing would be recommended at that time. Once your cat becomes a senior, blood testing can be beneficial on a regular basis, once to twice a year.

Does your clinic perform urinalysis and biopsy?


Examining your cat’s urine can provide us with a lot of information. Urinary tract problems are very common in cats and can result in your cat urinating in inappropriate places. A urine sample will let us know if your cat has any inflammation or crystals in the kidneys, bladder or urethra as well as how the kidneys are functioning. It can also provide some information on the liver and whether or not your cat could be diabetic. We do most urine sample evaluations in the clinic while you wait, however, occasionally there are additional tests that we send out to the laboratory. Biopsies are often required to get more information about a condition or to help with diagnosis. Almost anything can be biopsied. However, some things are easier to biopsy than others. Many biopsies we can do here at the clinic, however, sometimes we send the collected tissue or cells away for analysis at the lab. Other times, obtaining the biopsy is something that needs to be done under the care of a specialist. Our veterinarians will discuss your pets’ condition with you and what options are available for getting the information we need.

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Last updated: September 14, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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

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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic