Bloodwork Services for Pets

Our veterinary team invests in the best equipment to ensure we can provide your furry friends with the best quality healthcare. Our in-clinic laboratory help us to get bloodwork results to you in a timely manner. We know waiting for your pet’s bloodwork results can be anxiety-inducing so we try our best to get them back to you so we can use this diagnostic tool to provide comprehensive care.

What types of testing do you do at the clinic?

Some testing we do at the clinic are organ function, electrolyte function (responsible for nerve and muscle function, as well as hydration), immune status and blood clotting times. Our state-of-the-art chemistry, electrolyte, immunoassay and blood gas analyzers provide accurate results quickly and support our all-around care, which includes diagnosis and treatment. One benefit of having this system on-site is during pre-surgery, we can perform our pre-surgery protocol, which includes analysing your pet’s blood to see how quickly their blood is clotting.

My pet is healthy. Why do they need bloodwork?

It’s difficult to make a completely accurate diagnosis of your pet’s internal health without tests that confirms what we can’t see. Even if your pet is the picture of health, our veterinary team might recommend bloodwork to ensure there aren’t any underlying health issues we haven’t recognized. Bloodwork helps us quickly address health issues, no matter how minor they seem, to ensure they don’t progress into issues that are detrimental to your pet’s health. If you have questions about your pet’s upcoming bloodwork, don’t hesitate to connect with us at 403.337.3221.

How should I prepare my pet for bloodwork?

Firstly, try to put your mind at ease about any pain you think your pet might experience during the process. We try our best to ensure your pet feels as little pain as possible during the bloodwork process. Most pets only feel a small pinch after the needle leaves their body. Our veterinary team will provide you with clear instructions on what to do and expect before your pet’s bloodwork. Your pet might need to fast prior to their bloodwork to ensure we get the most accurate reading of their internal health. Also, bloodwork might be paired with other diagnostic tools like fecal testing or urine analysis so we might need to collect a sample from your pet.

Last updated: July 27, 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.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, 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.
  • 3. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

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

    - Your dedicated team at Carstairs Veterinary Clinic