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.
Blood screening tests such as complete blood counts, viral testing and serum chemistry for measuring internal organ functions are performed off-site at IDEXX Laboratories. We use this facility for their high quality of service, excellent quality control, and their ability to provide results quickly. Often, test results are available later the same day or early the following day.
Why is it important to perform blood tests for dogs?
Blood tests are recommended for a variety of reasons for both sick and well pets. The veterinarian will determine the appropriate blood test panels to run for each patient based on their health status, age, medical history and lifestyle. All our surgical patients are pre-screened for internal organ function such as liver and kidney performance. This helps us to determine how well they can tolerate surgical procedures and eliminate anesthetic drugs from their system. We use this information to customize an anesthetic protocol for each patient. For middle age and senior dogs, we recommend Wellness blood test panels so that we can monitor for changes in the performance of their internal organs as they age. Early detection of disease can provide you with the opportunity to treat and potentially slow the progression of the disease. Annual 4DX parasite testing is recommended in the spring for all our canine patients to screen them for exposure to heartworm or tick born illnesses.
How do I interpret my dog’s blood test results?
Your veterinarian will review all test results and follow-up with a phone call to explain them along with any other recommendations. You are welcomed and encouraged to ask questions. An electronic copy of the test results can be provided upon request.
Tick Prevention Recommended
Tick prevention remains a priority for our pets this spring: As the temperatures rise above 4 degrees, ticks become active and quest for food. Toronto Parks, woodland trails, grassy regions, and leaf piles all have the potential to contain ticks just waiting to hitch a ride on pets and humans. As we are already seeing pets with ticks this spring, our veterinarians feel that it is important to maintain vigilance by using tick protection on our pets.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. 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, heartworm testing, 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 outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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
We are still OPEN with the following hours: MONDAY: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm TUESDAY - FRIDAY: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm SATURDAY: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!