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.

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Blood Tests for Cats

Cats are excellent at disguising problems. In early stages of a disease, they may not exhibit and show signs of disease. Blood testing allows us to detect illnesses as early as possible, so we can prevent them from progressing and to treat effectively for a better prognosis.

What about FeLV / FIV testing?

Euthanasia for other species – it is only under dogs. It would make more sense to discuss things that are relevant to all species separately. This also goes for microchipping / tattoo, emergency, therapy.

Why does my cat need a blood screen?

Cats can’t tell us how they feel, so regular blood work is one of the best ways to identify potential health problems even before your cat shows any symptoms. We are screening your cat’s organ function and checking the cells circulating in his/her bloodstream. This screen is known as CBC/CHEM which stands for complete blood count and chemistry.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

At Centennial Animal Hospital, we are a full-service facility and have lab equipment on site. This allows us to get lab results in approximately 30-60 minutes. Additional tests that are referred out may take 2-3 days or even a week.

What precautions should I take before a blood test?

Your cat should ideally be fasted (no food) for approximately 8 hours and be well hydrated. This is not crucial with some blood tests, but you can always call us if you’re unsure. Urine is often collected in conjunction with blood tests so preventing access to the litter box a few hours ahead can help ensure urine is available.

How often should blood tests be done?

This depends on the age and health status of your cat. Blood tests should always be performed before any procedure that requires general anesthesia, if your cat is showing signs of illness, and every 6-12 months as they start to age. Blood work may be done more frequently if we are monitoring certain health conditions or your cat is taking certain medications.

Do you also do urinalysis and biopsy?

Yes, we offer our clients both of these tests. Urinalysis is a helpful test to evaluate several organ systems of your cat. A urinalysis will also be needed to evaluate illnesses in your cat. Some of the symptoms that may indicate a urinalysis is warranted include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Straining to urinate
  • Urinating outside the litter box
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain

A biopsy is a surgical procedure in which a tissue sample is removed from the body and examined under a microscope. In some cases, only a small sample is removed for analysis. In other cases, several samples may be removed, or an entire growth may be removed and examined. The tissue removed during a biopsy is examined under a microscope by a veterinary pathologist, a specialist in examining cells and tissue samples.

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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. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. 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 Thursday 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 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, visit our website.

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

6. 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 Centennial Animal Hospital