Bloodwork Services for Pets

Whether your pet is healthy or ill blood work is vital to their life. As fur parents it’s hard to imagine what’s hurting your pet and that’s why routine blood testing is important. Similar to humans, blood work can be used as a tool in diagnosis. Lab work further helps our veterinarians assess the symptoms that they cannot see or feel. Equally, in healthy pets, bloodwork helps establish normal health levels for each individual pet. This later helps if your pet unfortunately becomes ill, so our veterinarians can compare any changes and better assess your pet’s condition. Annual bloodwork is also recommended for senior pets to detect early signs of any illness.

How can I tell if my pet needs lab work?

There are changes in behaviour in your pet that may need some lab work done to determine the cause. You should look out for weight loss/ lethargy, loss of appetite, increase thirst or urination. If you are concerned about any of these symptoms give us a call at 604.858.6560 or email us at reception@valleyvetservices.com

Why are blood tests important?

To establish baseline information especially pre-anesthetic testing before every surgery. Lab work will tell veterinarians if surgery is safe for your pet and also determine the safest level of anesthesia for them, and what medications are suitable for prescription.
To diagnose sick animals. Liver disease and diabetes are two illnesses that can be determined through lab work.

How long does it take to get a dog’s/cat’s blood test result?

Our hospital has a full diagnostic medical laboratory that offers full same day results. Our veterinarians can provide an analysis within nine minutes with the same accuracy as human hospital laboratories.

Last updated: July 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

Our first and foremost priority remains the health and safety of our clients and staff, while maintaining our high standard of quality veterinary patient care. We have all experienced the unpredictability of this pandemic and feel strongly that adopting a cautious strategy is in the best interest of keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Our plan going forward will be to start slowly.  

1. The following changes are effective as of Thursday, July 15, 2021:

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. However, 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 Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

4. 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.

We will continue to keep you advised of each step of our process as we move forward to a tentative full reopening in a few short weeks. We are so excited to start this reopening plan and can't wait to welcome ALL of you back into the clinic.

– Your dedicated team at Valley Veterinary Services