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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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Last updated: June 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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 - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 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 Briarwood Animal Hospital