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.
Hematology and biochemistry profiles provide a window into the function of your cat’s internal organ systems. Blood screenings are an important part of monitoring your cats overall health from year to year. These tests also help design treatment protocols when your cat may not be feeling well.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
The results of blood tests can often highlight early changes from disease prior to your cat ever appearing ill – this allows your veterinarian to intervene early and possibly slow or stop the progression of disease. Another important factor that we at Seneca Animal Clinic take into consideration are trends in values on your cats blood screen. If a test was normal last year but abnormal this year, we can recognize that change and pattern and make clinical decisions based on this.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
We generally have most blood work available by the next morning. If a test is being performed that may take some extra time, one of our veterinarians will let you know when to expect the results.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
Our veterinarian will let you know if you have to have your cat fasted prior to blood testing.
How often should blood tests be done?
Wellness testing should be done yearly once your cat is over the age of 7. Your veterinarian may recommend blood testing more frequently if your cat has any medical concerns or if they are receiving medication.
Does your clinic perform urinalysis and biopsy?
Yes we do. A urine sample can be collected at home prior to your visit or in the clinic through a process called cystocentesis. Biopsies can be collected but may require general anesthesia depending on the location.
As your pet gets older, they need to get regular check-ups with your vet to make sure they are fit and healthy. Senior pets are more likely to have health issues, and monitoring with routine check-ups and bloodwork is a perfect way of keeping ahead of any illness.
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 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 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!