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.
Nobody enjoys having their blood taken, but there are many benefits that outweigh the minor discomfort of blood testing. Cats have the disadvantage of not being able to tell us if something is wrong. Their instinct is to hide it from us instead. Blood testing in combination with regular check-ups is a great way to screen for any problems that may be arising.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
Blood tests are important for your cat’s health, as cats are very good at hiding their diseases. Routine blood testing can catch a disease early, which can help control or slow down a disease process. The most common diseases that we find in cats include kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes. When running routine blood tests, these diseases can be detected before symptoms are noticed. For example, once clinical signs are seen for kidney disease, there is at least 75% damage to the kidneys already.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
We have many options for blood testing. Often, we send our wellness blood tests to an external lab, where we receive results the following business day. For pre-anesthetic blood testing, emergencies, and some monitoring tests, we can run them in-clinic and have results within an hour.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
There isn’t any ‘prep work’ for cats. If it is a specialty test (something other than a wellness blood test), please call the clinic for instructions.
How often should blood tests be done?
Studies report that one year for a cat is about four years for us. Therefore, we would recommend running routine blood tests yearly. If abnormalities are found, we would recommend running blood tests more frequently and advise you as to how often.
Does your clinic perform urinalysis?
We perform both urinalysis and biopsies here. Urine can be difficult to collect from a cat. Some people have found just using clean empty litterbox works, others use a non-absorbent product, such as NoSorb (for cats that need something to dig in the litterbox), while others require a cystocentesis (a sterile procedure is done in-clinic to collect urine). Urine is best run as fresh as possible and no more than 4 hours old.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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 519-893-1360. 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. We are asking that all food and medications are pre-paid at the time of ordering it. If your food is not prepaid, we unfortunately cannot hold it for you for longer than 1 day at this time. If you are paying Debit, we will be allowing one client at a time to enter the clinic to pay. We have stopped taking cash payments for the time being.
Our online store is available to have 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- 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 Manitou Animal Hospital Team