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In early stages of diseases, pets may not exhibit and show signs of disease. Blood testing allows us to detect illness as early as possible, so we can address problems sooner, implement treatments to slow disease progression and treat effectively for a better prognosis.
In critical situations, our in-house laboratory equipment ensures your pet gets fast accurate results when time is essential to the treatment plan.
Rapid accurate results equal speedy diagnosis for your beloved animal. The sooner we have a diagnosis the sooner the treatment plan can be implemented meaning two important things; a shorter stay in the hospital saving you time, making it more economical for you, but more importantly, your pet will feel better sooner.
Tests may also be sent to an outside laboratory for more extensive or specialized testing as required.
PRE-ANESTHETIC BLOOD TESTING
Pre-anesthetic blood testing provides insight as to what is occurring internally. We are especially concerned with the health of the liver and kidneys as these organs help the body clear medications used during anesthesia. This testing could uncover health concerns which cannot be detected from the physical exam alone. Our in-clinic lab allows us to run the blood work the morning of surgery.
SENIOR WELLNESS TESTING
As your pet reaches those golden years, routine check-ups combined with annual blood work can be vital to early detection of abnormalities when no symptoms are present. We offer age-specific wellness panels for your canine and feline companions. The wellness panel includes complete blood count (CBC), full chemistry panel, electrolytes & urinalysis. For cats, we add on a thyroid test (T4).
We recommend heartworm testing every 2 years for all our patients. Even if your pet has been on a heartworm preventive all its life there is always the chance of a breach in protection. Late or missed doses, weight gain that can result in underdosing, unknown vomiting of oral medication, changes in weather that extends the mosquito season or travel to endemic areas during our off-season, and medication-resistant heartworm (identified in some regions of the USA) could leave pets susceptible. Our heartworm test also tests for tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito or () tick for your pet to become infected.
How do I understand the blood test results?
Your veterinarian will interpret laboratory tests in light of the entire assessment of your pet. Sometimes laboratory tests need to be repeated to evaluate trends, which may provide more information than measurement of a single test. We strive to help you understand your pet’s health considerations and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet’s health care.
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 email@example.com 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 - 6:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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