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Blood test for Dogs

Blood Test for Dogs

Blood testing is one of the easiest and frequently utilized forms of diagnostics performed in the veterinary clinic. At Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, we can run Blood Work in the clinic, although most testing is sent to an outside laboratory.

Blood tests in dogs provide us with valuable information about their health and wellness especially since they cannot speak for themselves. Blood test changes can give us clues as to which organ system might be affected when they are unwell. Blood tests can also provide peace of mind for owners if they are healthy as to whether their pets are healthy on the inside as well as the outside.

Why are blood tests for dogs important?


Blood work allows us to monitor changes year to year to know what is ‘average’ for that individual, this also allows us to track any changes. In some cases, we can catch early signs of disease before it becomes more of a problem. For animals with illness already, this allows us to monitor the progression of a disease. It helps give us an idea of prognosis (is getting better? or worse?), other changes/issues that may crop up with time and monitor the effects and potential side effects of medications. We also need to know that the dose of the drug is correct – some pets, just like some humans, require higher doses than others).

How do I understand the blood test results?


Once the results are received, the veterinarian will scan the bloodwork for abnormalities and follow up with a call to discuss the findings to help you understand them.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-855-2100. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. 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. At this time, we are limiting food purchases to 2 bags or 2 cases per client. 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.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

5. 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 disease.

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 Clarkson Village Animal Hospital