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Diagnostic Services for Pets

Our clinic is equipped with in-house laboratory services to provide an efficient and further understanding of your pet’s health. Diagnostics may be recommended after we go through a thorough history and physical examination of your pet. These diagnostics are a tool for our team to gain more information about your pet’s health and to further formulate a treatment plan as needed.  Bloodwork is available for general screening of senior animals, animals with illnesses, pre-surgical health assessments, or to provide monitoring for chronic conditions.

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

Performing screening laboratory tests help determine what is normal for your pet and set a baseline for changes over their lifetime or during illness. Blood tests, especially during times of illness, can be used to identify certain infections, diseases and other vital information about your pet, such as their immune response and hydration.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

In-house blood test results are usually generated within 1 to 2 hours. Tests sent to a laboratory take about 2 to 3 business days but may take longer depending on the kind of test conducted.

How often should blood tests be done?

Testing protocols are established as part of a health exam for your pet. The frequency of blood tests depends on a case by case basis. Feel free to reach out to our team if you have any concerns about your pet’s health and well-being.

Does your hospital perform urinalysis and biopsy?

Yes. We perform both of these procedures. Please contact us for more details about these services.

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Last updated: December 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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 : Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday : Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday: CLOSED


Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Bow River Veterinary Centre