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.
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.
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
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.
Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife. First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations.
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Our "closed waiting room" policy will continue with 1 client being able to enter the hospital per appointment. Upon arrival, please call the hospital at 204-269-8162 to let us know that you have arrived. We will inform you if the veterinarian is ready for your appointment. If not, you will be asked to wait in your vehicle or outside until we are ready.
Once your appointment is done, please feel free to wait in the exam room or you may return back to your vehicle.
Please bring a mask/facewear to your appointment.
You will be asked to sanitize your hands with our automatic dispenser upon entering the hospital.
If you would prefer a contact free visit, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you an appointment questionnaire prior to your appointment. Upon arrival, please call the hospital at 204-269-8162 and one of our team members will come to get your pet. The veterinarian will call you after the examination.
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".
**If you have ANY of the following : fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath, please do NOT come to your appointment **
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 - Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm Friday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
5. PET BOARDING & GROOMING
Pet boarding is open as of June 15. Please call us at 204-261-5928 or email us at email@example.com to make your reservations.
Daycare has reopened Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Book your play date today!
Closed waiting room still in place for all services. Please call 204-261-5928 upon arrival and one of our team members will be out to get your pet.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital