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.
: Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
The information that we have analyzed will help us learn more about your cat’s immune system. Lab work can detect and help identify complex problems with blood systems, and help identify, detect, diagnose, and even treat illness and disease in your pet.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
Once the blood is drawn at our hospital, we can run a large variety of bloodwork in our in-house lab. Most of these tests will take about 20-25 minutes until we have results. Some specialized tests may need to be sent to a reference lab (generally in Calgary) to have the testing completed. It may take 2-4 days to get results back to our office.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
Sometimes for certain tests, fasting may be required, your veterinarian will help you with preparation, if any, that may be required before the bloodwork will be performed.
How often should blood tests be done?
A blood test may be performed before surgical procedures. If medical concerns arise at any time throughout your cat’s life, your veterinarian will advise having blood tests done to help assist with diagnoses and treatment. When your cat reaches his golden years, your veterinarian may recommend blood tests more frequently to help stay on top of your ageing pets medical needs.
Does your hospital perform urinalysis and biopsy?
Our hospital can perform a urinalysis for your cat in our in-house lab. Sometimes the veterinarian may choose to send the sample to a reference lab depending on what they are checking for. Biopsies can be done in our hospital. The sample is then sent to a pathologist for testing and review.
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. 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:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 Crossroads Animal Hospital