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Blood Work

Our clinic has a full IDEXX lab suite for various in-house blood, urine and fecal analyses. The prompt results enable us to initiate a treatment plan and make appropriate recommendations. Blood tests are, among other things, used for disease diagnosis, prevention, pre-surgical testing, medical follow-ups, etc.

Why is it important to perform blood tests?

Our veterinarians often recommend blood tests when your pet is sick and sometimes even as a preventative measure. We routinely perform heartworm and Lyme disease screening on site, as well as geriatric profiles of your aging companions. Sometimes the physical examination is not enough to make a diagnosis and the veterinarian will need to perform blood tests. These can indicate immediate health problems or alert us of future problems.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

Some blood tests are sent to an outside lab and results may take a few days, but the majority is done in-house and has a quick turnaround time. It might take 48 hours for the veterinarian to call you with the results. Urgent cases will be processed more quickly.

How often should blood tests be performed?

Preventive blood tests are usually performed once a year during the annual check-up. Some medical conditions may require closer monitoring to assess drug efficacy and blood tests will be performed more frequently.

Last updated: May 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • 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 (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8 am - 8 pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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.

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

    - The team at Hull Veterinary Hospital