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.
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 Friday, March 19, 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 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.
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 and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. 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.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 Van Isle Veterinary Hospital