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.
Blood tests are a very easy way to get excellent information on your pet’s inner workings. We have the ability to do some blood tests in the clinic but can also send out samples to our referral lab for more complex tests. For sick pets, blood tests help us form a treatment plan to try and help your pet recover as well as aiding in monitoring their progress during treatment.
Blood tests can detect disease before it becomes visibly apparent in your pet. Wellness testing in this manner is recommended for senior pets at their annual visit but can be done at any time. Early detection of disease can save your pet’s life and help us make treatment decisions in the best interest of you and your pet.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
Depending on the nature of the problem your pet is facing and what we are testing for, some tests can be done right here in the clinic and typically only take 15-30 minutes for results. More advanced testing or non-urgent problems can have the blood samples sent out, and results are typically back within the next 1-3 days depending on the type of test.
What precautions should I take before a blood test?
For any wellness testing or routine testing, fasting for 12 hours may be recommended.
How often should blood tests be done?
Blood tests may be recommended whenever your pet is sick. As part of preventative or wellness screening, we recommend blood tests be done annually, particularly more so as your pet ages into their senior years.
Do you also do urinalysis and biopsy?
A urinalysis or fecal exam can be a crucial part of diagnosing many medical problems. In the case of fecal exams, some potentially transmissible infections can be detected and help protect your family. Urine samples can be collected in the clinic (and is necessary in some cases) whereas a fecal sample must be brought in by you. Biopsies would be under surgery, not blood/urinalysis.
Have you been to the dentist and received local freezing? If so, then you have had a dental nerve block. Most dental procedures produce strong sensory stimuli to the point that it affects the amount of general anesthetic required and a painful recovery.
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 policies were updated on Tuesday April 7, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-542-7337. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 and take payment over the phone. 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. We accept credit card and debit card.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
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 Kingston Veterinary Clinic