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Bloodwork Services for Pets

Bloodwork gives our veterinary team a better understanding of the ins and outs of your pet’s health. Though signs and symptoms of internal issues might manifest externally, the best way to confirm them is with diagnostic testing like bloodwork. Our team is trained to interpret blood work test results at our in-house laboratory and determine how we can support your pet’s health.

Why does my pet need bloodwork?

There are a couple of reasons our veterinary team might recommend your pet have bloodwork done. Bloodwork does more than determine red and white blood cell count. If you have questions about your pet’s upcoming bloodwork, contact us at 403.335.3519. We might recommend it:

  • If it’s your pet’s first visit – this helps us get a baseline reading of their overall health, as well as show how well their internal organs are working
  • If your pet is having their veterinary exam – pets age at a faster rate than humans so bloodwork helps us keep up-to-date with changes in their health between visits
  • If your pet doesn’t seem like their usual selves – if you’ve noticed subtle differences in your pet’s behaviour, we might recommend bloodwork to identify potential issues
  • If your pet is having surgery soon – as part of our pre-surgery protocol, we’ll do bloodwork to ensure your pet will have the safest procedure possible, especially if they’re going under anesthesia

    What might bloodwork reveal?

    Just as the name suggests, bloodwork helps us to see how well your pet’s blood (and internal organs) are working. It determines the number of red and white blood cells, as well as platelets, which show how well their immune system is working. Different chemicals in the bloodstream, like glucose and proteins, help us understand how their organs are working. Even small abnormalities can reveal health issues that would have been hard to detect without bloodwork.

    My pet’s bloodwork test results are in. What now?

    After our veterinary team has examined your pet’s results, we’ll develop a comprehensive plan to address any issues revealed in the bloodwork. Even if there aren’t any abnormalities with their results, it will provide us with a baseline of their health, which informs the strategies we’ll use to care for them.

  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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

    - The team at Didsbury Veterinary Services