Blood Test for Cats

South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital has two options for blood testing. If immediate results are needed, we offer a wide range of on-site laboratory tests to provide answers, so that we can start appropriate treatment for your cat right away. We also work together with the team at Idexx Laboratories for non-urgent lab testing or more specialized tests that may be required to help care for your cat. You can rest assured that our team is working to provide accurate results to help us attend to your cat’s health.

Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?

Many common blood tests allow our veterinarians to assess your pet’s overall health. Whether your pet is healthy, about to undergo anesthesia, or not feeling well, blood tests are a non-invasive option that allows for quick assessment of the major organ systems of the body. Routine testing can allow us to catch many common health conditions before they begin to impact your cat’s health, helping us to help him or her live a long and healthy life.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

Depending on the tests required results can be obtained in as little as 30 minutes when done in the hospital. Most samples that are sent to Idexx labs have results back to our doctors for interpretation in 1-2 days. There are a few very specialized tests that can take longer. Feel free to ask our team members when you can expect results.

How should I prepare my cat for their blood test?

In some cases, fasting is required or perhaps even preventing your cat from using the litter box before you come for your appointment. Our veterinary team can advise you of any special preparation that is required for the lab testing that your cat needs.

How often should blood tests be done?

Every cat is different, but in general, we would suggest blood testing to be done before any anesthetic procedure. Also, most senior pets (7 years or older) benefit from annual screenings to catch any health changes as soon as possible.

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.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing health crisis, we have suspended our pet boarding services until further notice, and we are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads. Thank you for your understanding.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 17, 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 604-526-0334. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telemedicine consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to your vehicle. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate annual vaccinations; however, all other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

4. 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 and take payment over the phone. 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.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency).


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 South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital