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Bloodwork Services for Pets

Getting blood samples from your pet in one of the ways that we can analyse their health in greater detail. There are several conditions that can only be detected from drawing a sample of your pet’s blood. This is a routine procedure performed by our highly-skilled team members.

How does a veterinarian or technician take a blood sample from a dog/cat/pet?

Taking blood samples from pets is quite similar to taking samples from humans. A small needle is inserted into your pet’s vein to draw their blood. The entire process is usually over within a matter of seconds.

Do pets feel pain when their blood sample is taken?

Not at all. In fact, most pets feel very little to no discomfort during the procedure. They often do not need any type of sedation or pain relief before, during and after the sample-taking.

Which part of my dog’s/cat’s/pet’s body will the blood be taken from?

The exact location of where we will draw the blood varies. In dogs, necks and legs are common areas where blood can be taken from.

What are blood samples of pets used for?

Veterinary teams may need samples of your dog, cat or pet’s blood for a variety of reasons. Blood samples allow us to easily analyze your pet’s health in a minimally invasive and cost-effective way. Bloodwork, for example, can tell us if your pet is anemic, if they have certain kinds of infections, and can help assess if they are good candidates for certain surgeries/ procedures. These are just some of the many insights that we can retrieve from collecting blood samples.

Last updated: July 22, 2022.

Dear Pet Parents,

We are happy to announce that we are fully open to the public and seeing all cases by appointment only. However, we are currently only allowing one client into the exam room with their pet at this time, with exceptions for end-of-life appointments. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

To make an online purchase for pick up at our hospital, or for delivery directly to your home, please see our Online Store.

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (for food sales only; no vets in clinic)
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 West Brant Animal Hospital