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.

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Blood Tests for Cats

Regular routine blood testing is an important part of your cat’s preventive health care. It is a simple way of getting a look at certain body systems that can help determine or detect diseases. Here at Hillcrest Animal Hospital, we do all our routine blood analysis on site with our in-house laboratory system.

Why does my kitty need a blood screen?

Having a blood screen on your cat is a good form of preventative medicine as well as a simple way to detect or diagnose an illness in your pet. We also perform routine blood screening before your pet comes in for any type of surgery to ensure your pet is a good surgical candidate.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

Most blood test can be run and have results on the same day with our in-house laboratory. Some specialty tests do need to be sent out and can have results back in 24hrs.

What precautions should I take before a blood test?

Depending on why your pet requires a blood test our veterinarian will discuss with you any special requirements needed before having the test.

How often should blood tests be done?

Annual testing for cats seven years or younger is ideal and senior pets should have a blood screening twice a year.

Do you also do urinalysis and biopsy?

Along with routine blood work we do recommend a urinalysis as it is a good tool in determining disease process or help detect an early onset of disease.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 613-394-4811. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 at 613-394-4811 to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button.

5. 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.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital