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.

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Blood Tests for Dogs

Just like in humans, blood work is an essential part of a diagnostic picture. When you do bloodwork on your dog, we ensure that we do all the tests needed to ensure there is a complete picture. The Doctor 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 17 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.

Why are blood tests for dogs important?

Blood testing for dogs is very important as it allows the veterinarian to paint a complete picture of your dog’s health status. They can examine visually with their hands and eyes, but they are unable to look inside of a dog. The best way to ensure that your dog is healthy inside and out is to get regular blood testing done. Prior to your dog’s spay/neuter is an excellent time for your puppy to get their first blood testing done. On top of the fact that it will allow the veterinarian to understand your dog’s organ function, as well as blood cell and platelet count, it will also give them a baseline of how everything looks during a healthy stage of life.

How do I understand the blood test results?

It can be difficult to understand blood results, this is why our very knowledgeable and friendly veterinarians will sit down with you to go over the results and provide you with the answers to your questions.

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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.

EMERGENCY CASES

- 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.