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.
At Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, we offer a wide range of on-site blood tests and laboratory services such as urinalysis, fecal exams, ear/skin cytology and fungassays. By having our own in-house laboratory, we do not have to rely on samples making it to the mainland in a timely manner and often have results within a couple hours.
Blood screens are important as they can aid your veterinarian in accessing your cat’s overall health. Typically, your veterinarian will recommend a blood test prior to any general anesthetic, to aid in the appropriate dosing and prescribing of long-term medications and to assess organ function. Common conditions we typically screen for in the aging cat is renal disease, diabetes and hyperthyroidism. Blood tests can also be used to detect viral diseases such as feline leukemia, immune diseases and infections.
How long does it take to get blood test results?
Most of our in-house lab testing is run the same day and depending on the test being run, we can have results anywhere from 30 mins to a few of hours. If your cat requires a send out test, meaning the sample is flown to the mainland for further evaluation, it can take 24 to 48 hrs to receive results.
What precautions should I take before my cat’s blood test?
Some blood tests require fasting, however, this isn’t as common for cats as it is for dogs. Your veterinarian will advise you on the appropriate steps required prior to your cat’s blood test.
How often should my cat have a blood test done?
Your veterinarian will recommend a blood test before any major sedation or general anesthetic and it may also be recommended to have regular blood tests run (annually or every other year) for senior cats. Cats are considered to be senior after 8 years of age. Regular blood screens are the most effective way to detect the early signs of renal failure in cats.
Do you also do Urinalysis and Biopsy?
Yes, here at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital we can offer both in-house urinalyses as well as biopsies. Collecting a urine sample from a cat can be a little trickier than from a dog. It is not uncommon for us to admit cats to the hospital for a few hours so we can control their fluid intake and urine output.
Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.
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!
As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.
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
During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!
Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet’s much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital