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Bloodwork Services for Pets

Our veterinarians are eagle-eyed when it comes to observing the smallest abnormalities on your pet’s body, the way they move or their behaviour. But there are certain aspects of your pet’s health that can only be viewed and analyzed through further testing such as bloodwork. Here at South Shore Veterinary Services, we have an in-clinic laboratory that allows us to perform general blood tests for all our patients. Should your pet require a more specialized test, we also work with other labs in the area for further testing. Please call us at 902.543.5602 to learn more.

Are pets in pain when they get their bloodwork?

They may feel a slight sting or discomfort but it is a relatively pain-free procedure. It takes only a matter of seconds for us to draw the blood and no numbing or anesthesia is required. It’s similar to getting a vaccination shot.

What can bloodwork detect in pets?

The chemistry panel and complete blood count can give us valuable insight on a number of things like your pet’s hydration, cholesterol levels, immune system, blood clotting ability, any infections or parasites (e.g. heartworm), any underlying conditions (e.g. anemia, kidney problems) and more.

When do pets get bloodwork or blood tests?

It depends entirely on the specific case of the patient. The most common times your veterinarian will recommend a blood test are:

  • During your pet’s first-ever visit
  • At your pet’s annual/semi-annual exam
  • Before surgery
  • Prior to starting a new medication
  • Further testing when diagnosing potential conditions

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Dear Clients,

We are happy to welcome all clients back inside our hospital! Here is what to expect when you visit our hospital:

1. Face masks are now only required in the exam rooms.

2. Please email your order request to prescriptions@southshorevetservices.ca as our phone lines are very busy. Please include your pet’s name, the client name on file and the phone number on file as well as specific medications/food needed. We require 24 business hours for processing prescription refills.

3. We are now allowing clients to come in to the hospital to pick up orders that require payment.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are looking forward to seeing you all again.

- The team at South Shore Veterinary Hospital