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Bloodwork Services for Pets

Completing your pet’s bloodwork is an important step to diagnosing their illness. That being said, bloodwork is not only important in sick pets but also healthy pets may require them from time to time. At our hospital we perform all our lab work in-house which means you get results from blood tests much faster.

Why do healthy pets need bloodwork done?

Blood tests tell our veterinarians important health information about your pets even when they are healthy. In healthy pets the results allow us to establish what is normal or baseline health for your furry friend. By knowing the healthy or normal levels of your pet we are able to compare this information in the future. Blood tests may also be required:

1. To determine if your pet is healthy enough to undergo surgery. Pre-anesthetic bloodwork is done before every procedure as it allows our veterinarian to decide how much anesthesia/sedation your pet may need. Bloodwork also tells our team if your pet will be able to recover from the procedure.
2. To identify illnesses that can’t be diagnosed through physical examination. Many illnesses do not manifest on your pet’s physical body especially in the early stages.
3. To detect signs of illnesses in senior pets. Catching illnesses before they advance is crucial for senior pets as their immune system is not as strong as it used to be.

Call us at 250.724.4444 to schedule your pet’s blood test.

Should my cat or dog fast before having bloodwork done?

Ideally yes, although bloodwork can be performed without any fasting. If the situation permits, we recommend that pets fast for 8 hours before getting bloodwork done. If your pet eats within that time, their blood samples may have fat droplets which can interfere with the results. When this happens we may have to redo the procedure. With that said, it is possible for your pets to have last minute bloodwork done and the results will still be accurate even if your pet has eaten before.

Where is blood drawn from my pet?

We usually take blood from veins on your pet’s leg or neck.

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Last updated: October 20, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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

Please be aware there may be a time when we will have to close to all services except dire emergencies. We hope that does not happen. We are still booking routine procedures but appointments may be changed on short notice. We continue to monitor the recommendations by Health Canada.

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

- Your dedicated team at Manzini Animal Hospital