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.
Laboratory testing can be an essential diagnostic tool for examining the health of your cat. Blood tests examine various chemical properties of your cat’s blood, providing information about certain essential organs’ functionality. When incorporated with a physical exam, lab testing can help provide our doctors with a more indicative full-body understanding of the health of your cat. At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we have in-house blood and urine laboratory equipment for routine analyses. If more specialized testing is required for your cat, we are able to send blood work out to a laboratory for further diagnoses.
Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?
Performing blood tests on your cat is a great way to ensure your pet is healthy and that vital internal organs are functioning properly. Our in-house and referral laboratories both provide quantitative results to help us track specific blood characteristic values. When your cat is experiencing health complications, we can use baseline values to help diagnose the medical issue and develop a treatment plan. Evaluating bloodwork on healthy cats also gives your doctor blood characteristic values specific to your cat for reference when you need to test your cat’s blood later in their life.
How often should blood tests be done?
At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we recommend your cat has a routine blood panel to gain baseline blood indicator values. If your cat were to contract an illness, we could then use these values to help compare to your cat’s healthy values. As your cat ages to senior years, we suggest that annual blood tests are done to ensure your cat can age healthily. This annual testing allows our doctors to pre-emptively treat any adverse health conditions that accompany ageing before they manifest into a serious health condition.
Does your clinic perform urinalysis and biopsy?
At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, our veterinary professionals have the technology to perform urinalyses and biopsies. Our clinic houses many of the laboratory equipment necessary to test urine in-house, with the ability to send the urine to a specialist laboratory as well. Although biopsies are taken in-house, the samples are sent out to a specialist laboratory for examination. Our experienced veterinarians along with the help of laboratory specialists, interpret the results from lab testing and provide your cat with the most accurate diagnosis and treatment options.
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.
1. We are currently operating a "closed door" policy to protect our clients and staff. This means that clients will not be allowed to enter the building. When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 403-948-2733. Our staff will come to you to collect your animal for their appointment. If you do not have a phone, or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.
2. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
3. At this time, appointments will only be booked when medically necessary. Any non-urgent appointment requests will be temporarily postponed. If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, please proceed directly to McKnight 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital at 5010 – 4th Street NE, Calgary, AB and call 403-457-0911 to alert them of your arrival.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, credit cards are the preferred payment method. Debit cannot be accepted over the phone, but is available at time of pick up if ABSOLUTELY necessary. We will not be able to accept cash.
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 Airdrie Animal Health Centre