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Blood Tests for Dogs

At Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, we offer a wide range of on-site blood tests and laboratory services such as urinalysis, fecals, ear/skin cytology, toxicity testing 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.

Why are blood tests for dogs important?

Blood tests are important as they can aid your veterinarian in accessing your dog’s overall health. Typically, your veterinarian will recommend a blood test prior to any general anesthetic, to aid in appropriate dosing and prescribing long-term medications and to assess organ function. Blood tests can also be used to detect viral diseases, immune diseases and infections. If your dog is a traveller, blood tests can also be used to determine vaccine titres which may be required for export.

How do I understand the blood test results?

Your veterinarian will interpret the blood values and discuss any significant findings with you. This will help to formulate the best treatment options for your pet.

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Get a Cupcake and Support BC Animals in Need during Treat Week! Feb 24 - Mar 1

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. Van Isle Veterinary Hospital will be baking more than 70 dozen cupcakes, cookies, squares and treats in the hopes of beating last year’s donations of $2600 (in just 7 hours!). Many local businesses such as Finders Keepers, Old House Notary, ABC Printing, Kal Tire, 50th Parallel, Stu Tunheim – Wealth Management, Bosleys, Westview Ford and Monica Parkin – Coast Capital Savings are showing their support early with special pre-orders to help animals in need. A special shout out to Cumberland Bakery for donating 12 doz of their delicious donut holes to help us reach our goal. Each year the team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is blown away by the support from within the community as well local businesses who pull together for this great cause.  Don’t miss out on Monday! Come early to get your favourite treats. Baked goods will be available from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm or when they sell out. There will be gluten-free and vegan options available, as well as special cupcakes for our four-legged friends to enjoy too.   By Candice Pacholuk

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