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.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
In the clinic, we have cutting-edge laboratory processing equipment from Idexx, allowing us to provide real-time results that are critical for ill or injured patients and convenient for our clients. For a more complex analysis, a comprehensive list of tests is available through the Idexx referral laboratory located in Delta, BC. They offer consultation with board-certified veterinary specialists and exclusive tests that require specialized equipment that cannot be housed in a clinic. This high level of diagnostics allows the veterinarians to provide the correct treatment as quickly as possible. We recommend that all pets who are transitioning into their senior years (7-8 years old) have routine blood work to provide a baseline reading and screen for possible early stages of a disease. Early diagnosis and baseline values can be crucial in ensuring your pet lives a long and healthy life.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
Critical patients can have results from our in-house blood machine within 20-30 minutes. If a more comprehensive blood profile is needed, the blood is shipped out to a lab in Delta, BC and results, depending on the test, are typically back to us within 48 hours.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
Many cats, although they may not love it, do fairly well with having our team perform any sort of diagnostics, however, there are a select few that are not happy about visiting the vet’s office. We strive to make the experience as comfortable as possible for your pet. We have highly trained technicians that have your cat’s well-being in mind, but if your kitty becomes agitated or aggressive, options are available to help them cope with a situation that may be perceived as stressful. These options can always be discussed with the veterinarian team.
Does your clinic perform urinalysis?
Yes. A urinalysis can be performed in conjunction with your pet’s bloodwork to give us a more comprehensive picture of your cat’s overall health. Our trained technician can perform this in our in-house laboratory, or have it sent to the lab in Delta, BC.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "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. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. When the doctor is ready for your appointment, a staff member will come out and let you know.
We are happy to say that as of July 14th, we are now able to allow ONE member of your household to accompany your pet inside for their examination, as long as you bring a mask of your own to wear while inside the clinic.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
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".
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 ARE BACK TO NORMAL
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic