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Just like in humans, blood work is an essential part of a diagnostic picture. When you do blood work on your cat, we ensure that we do all the tests needed to ensure there is a complete picture. The veterinarian will test to ensure that red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are functioning properly. They will also check electrolytes to assess for imbalances and a panel that has 15 tests will look at all organ function. That is more than 25 tests to aid the veterinarian in diagnosing or to ensure your pet is healthy. At Riverview Animal Hospital, our blood work is done in-house, so you can have an answer quickly.
Having blood work done on your cat is important for a long a healthy life. When we screen blood work, it allows us to see any current or potential problems in your cat’s health and treat them accordingly.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
At Riverview Animal Hospital, we do our blood work in-hospital. That ensures we get your pet’s results quickly, usually within 20 minutes!
What precautions should I take before a blood test?
Screening your cat for blood work is very safe and for routine blood work, there is no special action required. Some blood tests do, however, require a fast (no food for 12 hours prior to the test), or have any medications given at a specific time prior to the screening.
How often should blood tests be done?
Cats age at a much quicker rate than humans, because of this the veterinarian will want to check a patient’s blood annually. As cats age, they are able to hide illnesses very well, that is why blood testing can be an integral part of the annual health exam. Preventing or catching a disease early is best for the patient and can potentially increase the patient’s life expectancy.
Riverview Animal Hospital has recently undergone a lot of changes! Renovations have turned our hospital into a completely new one! Not only have we doubled in size, but we have added new departments within the treatment areas of the hospital.
Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 506.387.4015 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital with your scheduled Doctor with communication via telephone. In addition, we are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also place an order through our Online Store by visiting our website.
- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.
- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015 , and we'll come to you.
- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.
WE ARE CHANGING OUR EMERGENCY SYSTEM INTO A TRUE TRIAGE-BASED SYSTEM
We will no longer have suggested appointment times for urgent care situations
Please continue to call ahead to let us know that your pet is having an emergency and that you are on your way.
For our emergency hospital-evenings and weekends will be walk in only. Your pet will be triaged by a Veterinary technician, who will determine the level of care that is needed for your pet. Critical patients will be our top priority, and will be seen first.
This will increase wait times for patients that are triaged as non-urgent.
Thank you in advance for your understanding.
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.