We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.


Blood Tests for Cats

Running bloodwork on your feline companion is a valuable diagnostic tool. Briarwood Animal Hospital is equipped with an on-site laboratory which allows us to get the results we need within a short amount of time.

Why does my kitty need a blood screen?

Cats are very good at hiding when they’re sick. They often times seem like they are healthy until they cannot hide their symptoms anymore. Doing bloodwork on a regular basis can help detect diseases in their early stages. Treating those diseases early can help your pet live a longer, healthier life.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

: It really depends on the type of blood work done. On average, if the blood is run in our hospital, it may be back on average, 30 minutes. If more extensive blood work is required, we can usually expect it within 24 hours.

What precautions should I take before a blood test?

It is a good idea to have your cat fasted overnight for scheduled bloodwork. Not all tests need to be done fasted, so you should speak with veterinary clinic staff if you have any questions.

How often should blood tests be done?

How often bloodwork is done on your pet is a decision made by you and your veterinarian together. Some pets require more frequent bloodwork – every 2 or 3 months. For example, to monitor some blood parameters, and others can have bloodwork done on a yearly basis.

Do you also do urinalysis and biopsy?

As part of a complete diagnostic approach, conducting a urinalysis is important and can be performed here at Briarwood Animal Hospital. Biopsies are performed to reach a diagnosis for various skin lumps for your companion. There are different kinds of biopsies (fine needle aspirates, punch biopsies, full thickness), all of which can be performed at our clinic.


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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 waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm

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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

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

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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 disease.

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 Briarwood Animal Hospital