Bloodwork Services for Pets

Blood tests are super helpful for diagnosing and monitoring your pet’s health. During annual veterinary exams, we will usually take blood and use the results to keep track of their health as they age. These reports show us the condition of their immune system, organs and more. To learn more about your pet’s blood tests, book an appointment by calling us at 250.591.4050.

What can you learn from a blood test?

Your pet’s blood gives us a peek into their future. When we learn the kind of bleeding disorders your pet has, we know how they’ll respond to surgeries, anesthesia and medication. At our in house laboratory, we can detect allergies, nutritional deficiencies, and the state of their organs. We will know if your pet is low in calcium, lacking protein or has elevated enzymes. These indicate different kinds of diseases, like liver, pancreatic and kidney disease. When blood work is coupled with other diagnostic tests, we can confirm and treat the issue accordingly. Besides giving us advanced knowledge, blood tests reveal existing pregnancies, blood clots and parasitic infections.

How do I prepare my pet for a blood test?

How your pet prepares for a blood test depends on the test itself but the following suggestions are quite universal:

  • Fasting for 6 to 12 hours in advance
  • Bring a comforting item to keep them calm
  • Keep your cat in a carrier and dog on a leash to discourage excitement or anxiety
  • Make sure they are properly hydrated
  • Minimize movement and exercise prior to appointment

    Preparing well before a blood test ensures the results are as accurate as possible. To avoid repeat visits, try your best to plan ahead. You may even wait outside or in your car to keep your pet relaxed. If they’re too anxious we may need to reschedule but our veterinarians will first try to soothe them.

  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    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.


    This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • 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

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Chase River Veterinary Hospital