Lab Services

In House Lab Work

Foothills Animal Hospital features a state of the art in house laboratory. Our Idexx blood analyzers allow us to provide same day, real time blood work results for our patients while they are still at the hospital. There are several benefits to being able to run blood work in the practice:

  1. Immediate results allow the doctors to formulate treatment plans during your pet’s appointment without having to wait for the sample to be sent elsewhere. Should your pet require additional testing or medications, you will not require a second visit. If your pet is ill, this allows us to provide care quickly to help get them on the road to recovery.
  2. Pre-Anesthetic testing can be done the same day as your pet’s surgery which eliminates the need for your pet to come in separately for a blood collection. Pre-Anesthetic testing reduces the risk of anesthetic for your pet, detects hidden illness and provides us with a base line for future reference.
  3. We have the ability to customize the testing your pet will receive based on your pet’s needs. Our analyzers allow us to do a complete blood count, up to 17 different blood chemistries, and check electrolyte and thyroid levels. We can also do more specialized testing such as Phenobarbital levels to adjust medication doses, Urine Protein Creatinine Ratios to look for protein loss through the kidneys, and Feline Infection Disease testing looking for FIV or FeLV. We are also able to perform urinalysis’ in hospital allowing us to check for urinary tract infections, cystitis, and crystals in the urine. A urinalysis may also help to assess how your pet’s kidneys are functioning.
  4. Our analyzers allow us to track trends in your pet’s bloodwork which we can then print for you or email to you so that you have the most up to date records of your pets internal health. This may be helpful if you are monitoring your pet’s kidney or liver function as they age.
  5. We are able to get the advice of the Idexx Internal Medicine team on any particularly difficult cases that have bloodwork run in house. This means you get the same quality interpretation whether you sample is run in house or sent out to the lab.

Would you like some more information about bloodwork?

Blood Work and your pet


Idexx Send Out Lab 

Any specialized testing that we cannot run in house is sent to Idexx Laboratories where they have board certified clinical pathologists who can quickly and accurately interpret your pet’s blood results. Stat evaluation of bloodwork is always available.


1

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Always friendly and courteous"
    donm, Okotoks
  • "Everyone is very professional, friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. Overall we are very pleased with the service and care Pete received and would recommend taking your fur babies to see them anytime."
    anonymous
  • "Excellent service.Friendly staff.
    Show kindness and consideration of the animals."
    aliceh, Okotoks
  • "I was so amazed on how accommodating they were and they staff was friendly and helpful."
    Allisonk, Calgary
  • "The staff at Foothills are always very accommodating and super friendly, our dogs feel very comfortable when we take them into the clinic as well, that means and tells us the most about the total atmosphere at Foothills Animal Hospital."
    Dong Okotoks

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • Sugar Gliders

    Thinking of getting a sugar glider? These tiny marsupials are energetic and friendly, making them popular choices as pets. Though they weigh less than a half-pound, they're more closely related to kangaroos than they are flying squirrels. If you think a sugar glider would make an ideal pet for your family, ...

    Read More
  • Prairie Dogs

    Prairie dogs are cute, affable creatures. But before taking one on as a pet, check your local laws. In some states, such as Colorado, it's illegal to keep prairie dogs as pets. Mostly, this is because they may spread monkeypox. If you live in a state that welcomes pet prairie dogs, be sure to buy from ...

    Read More
  • How to Help Your New Cat Feel Welcomed in Your Home

    Adopting a cat or kitten? Here's what you can do to help your cat adjust to its new home. ...

    Read More
  • Skunks

    Home and Veterinary Care for Pet Skunks If you're an adventurous pet owner, you may love exotic animals such as skunks. You'll be happy to learn that skunks can indeed make excellent domestic pets, but only if they receive the proper care to enjoy a happy, healthy life. Your veterinary team can help ...

    Read More
  • Flying Squirrels

    Much like sugar gliders, flying squirrels make affectionate pets when purchased young and raised by their owner. Unlike sugar gliders, however, flying squirrels are rodents that need veterinary care specific to the species. Your veterinary team can help with the care and treatment of flying squirrels. ...

    Read More
  • Fennec Foxes

    Fennec Fox Care Guide With oversized ears and mischievous faces, fennec foxes are cute as can be. But these exotic pets require a lot of care to stay healthy and happy. Health At just three pounds, fennec foxes are the smallest member of the fox family. Native to the Sahara desert, fennec foxes are ...

    Read More
  • Fish

    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

    Read More
  • Snakes

    If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, then you might be interested in owning a snake. However, there are a few aspects of owning a snake that you need to be aware of before you make this type of commitment. Here’s what you need to know. What to Know Before Choosing a Pet Snake Before you purchase ...

    Read More
  • Domestic Pigs

    Pigs are great for families who want a relatively exotic but easy to care for a pet. Whether miniature, like a pot-bellied pig, or a full-sized animal, caring for a pig is similar to caring for a cat or dog. Health Domestic pigs need to see a veterinarian regularly for vaccinations and checkups. We ...

    Read More
  • Gerbils

    Gerbils are great little pets for pet owners who don't have room for a dog or cat. They're friendly and fun to watch, but they do take a moderate level of care and investment. If you're thinking of getting a gerbil, here's what you'll need to know to keep him happy and healthy, including giving him a ...

    Read More