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.

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Blood Tests for Dogs

Blood tests are important to help determine your dog’s organ function. Blood tests may also detect certain diseases, including kidney disease, thyroid disease, diabetes and many more. Routine bloodwork can lead to early detection of some diseases. If detected early, we can help your dog live a longer, healthier life as treatments can be started earlier if required.

Why is it important to perform blood tests for dogs?


Routine or preventative bloodwork helps uncover underlying medical problems that you or your veterinarian may not be aware of. It also gives valuable insight into the health of your dog and the opportunity to catch illnesses early and incorporate a treatment plan.

How do I interpret my dog’s blood test results?


Your veterinarian will go over your pet’s bloodwork results with you, explaining in detail what each value means. Your veterinarian will also explain if any value is too high or low, what could be the cause of this and how to go forward. If you have any questions or concerns in regard to your pet’s bloodwork, please ask. We want you to understand, and we are here to help!

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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

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 OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital