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.
At Oakbank Animal Hospital, we offer a wide range of on-site blood tests and other laboratory services such as urinalysis, fecal exams, ear/skin cytology and fine needle aspirates. Most of these tests yield same-day results.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
Blood tests are important as they can aid your veterinarian in accessing your cat’s overall health. Typically, your veterinarian will recommend a blood test before any general anesthetic to assist in appropriate dosing and prescribing of long-term medications and to assess organ function. Blood tests can also be used to detect viral diseases, immune diseases and infections.
How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?
Your veterinary team will advise you on the appropriate steps required before your cat’s blood test.
How often should blood tests be done?
Your veterinarian will recommend a blood test before any major sedation or general anesthetic. Blood tests may also be recommended annually or as needed for senior cats. Cats are considered to be senior after 8 years of age. Regular blood screens are the most effective way to detect the early signs of renal failure in cats.
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 changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 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 204-444-3615. 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. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 7:30 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. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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.