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Bloodwork Services for Pets

There are times when it is necessary to collect a sample of your pet’s blood in order to collect and analyze information about their health. At Coastland Veterinary Hospital, our in-house laboratory, complete with Idexx blood chemistry equipment, allows us to conduct these tests within our walls, which means faster results and service time for you and your pet. For example, our complete in house blood analyzer laboratory allows us to run blood samples and obtain results in less than an hour.

What kind of bloodwork do dogs/cats/other pets need?

The kind of testing a pet needs depends on their breed, age, as well as any type of condition they may have. Our team is able to perform the following lab tests on your pets:

  • Blood chemistries and computer blood count
  • Urine tests and fecal examinations (i.e. testing for the presence of hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and roundworms)
  • Skin scrapes
  • Snap tests for pancreatitis and viruses (e.g. parvovirus, feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus)
  • Ear, skin and mass cytology
  • In addition to these in-house tests, we also utilize an outside veterinary reference laboratory in Langley for specialized bloodwork panels, urine and skin cultures such as:

  • Bacterial and fungal cultures
  • Comprehensive thyroid panels
  • Tick panels
  • Vaccine titers
  • Cytology and histopathology
  • Why is bloodwork so important?

    Blood work is a routine part of a diagnostic work up, and helps the veterinarian provide your pet with the best treatment options and care. The ability to obtain lab results the same day is especially valuable for sick animals or those undergoing an unplanned anesthetic or surgery.
    Our in-house lab allows us to perform many types of testing that can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet.

    How is bloodwork done on dogs/cats/other pets?

    Our technicians are important members of the team, and they collect the samples and perform these diagnostic tests for our veterinarians while your pet is being treated on an outpatient or hospitalized basis. If necessary, we also courier medical samples to veterinary reference labs for more specialized tests.

    Last updated: July 28, 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!

    As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


    We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


    The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


    During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

    Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

    Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

    Monday - 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!

    - Your dedicated team at Coastland Veterinary Hospital