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Blood Tests for Cats

The doctors here at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital often use blood work as a tool to help increase the quality of life for your pet. Blood work can help diagnose a disease, confirm infection and verify how internal organs are functioning.

Why does my kitty need a blood screen?

Blood screens are taken for many different reasons. Whatever the reason behind the testing whether it be pre-anesthetic, yearly blood work, or your pet has fallen ill, blood screens are often times monitoring the same parameters. Blood screens allow the veterinarian to see what is going on in the body internally. For example, a veterinarian can determine how well the kidneys, pancreas and liver are functioning, based on the values they obtain. Working with you, the veterinarian can help make adjustments in your pet’s life depending on the findings from the blood work.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

There is no hard and set rule for how quickly blood results are received. Often times, blood test results only take 0-2 days, but depending on what kind of panel and when the sample was collected, it could take a few days more than that. As soon as the doctor has the results, they will call you right away to discuss it.

What precautions should I take before a blood test?

Unless directed by your veterinarian, often times there are no special precautions you need to take with your pet leading to a blood test.

How often should blood tests be done?

The frequency of blood work can vary greatly depending on the health status of your pet. Pets who are on long-term medication ideally have yearly blood work done, this allows us to make sure your pet is still being adequately dosed on said medication and that internally, everything is still working as it should. Sometimes, especially after your pet has been recently diagnosed with a disease, it can be more often. For example, a cat who was recently diagnosed with diabetes and is having a hard time regulating its glucose levels may require blood work every couple of months, until its blood test results are in the normal.

Do you also do urinalysis and biopsy?

Yes, here at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital, we are able to perform urinalysis and take biopsies.

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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-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

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

6. 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital