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.
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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital