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Blood Tests for Cats

Cats can be masters of illusion, they may be hiding illness right in front of your nose. Blood testing is an extremely valuable way to find out if your feline friend has any underlying health issues we may not be aware of.

Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?


Blood work can be essential in helping our veterinarians diagnose and treat medical conditions. From pre-anesthetic blood work to senior wellness testing, your cat’s blood can reveal all kinds of facts about their health. Blood work can help us to determine if your pet’s organs are functioning properly and if there are any hormonal issues. Blood work can also help to determine whether a patient has the Feline Leukemia Virus.

How long does it take to get blood test results?


Some results can be available during the same day of your visit, however, if a sample is sent to an external laboratory, additional time is needed to review the results.

How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?


Please consult with our veterinary team regarding any special requirements.

How often should blood tests be done?


This will depend on the test being run. Your veterinarian will give instructions as to how often testing is required.

Does your clinic perform urinalysis and biopsy?


We sure do. A urinalysis can be run in our laboratory, and also sent out to an external lab if additional testing is required. Biopsies can also be completed in-house, samples are then sent to a surgical pathologist for interpretation.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 902-225-7543. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. With dramatically increased demand and dwindling supply, combined with supplier purchase limitations, we are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in obtaining many pet foods. Although we remain in stock of many of your favourite foods, and continue to order our daily maximum allocation, we regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend special orders. Please continue to call us and we will do our best to fill your needs with food we have in stock, but we can no longer guarantee supply on all brands. We are monitoring this situation daily and will advise when this situation has eased. At this time most drugs and over the counter products remain unaffected. For food and prescription pick ups, please call us to prepay and advise us by phone when you arrive at the hospital to pick up. We will meet you at the front of the building to deliver your order. We do also have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

5. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital