We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Blood Tests for Dogs and Cats

Why are routine blood tests for dogs important?

Routine blood work can identify some conditions before clinical symptoms appear. We can then work together to minimize the impact of the problem on your dog. Vitamin D testing is an excellent test to when your dog is middle aged. Low Vitamin D levels have been associated with chronic illness and cancer. If we see low levels, your dog can take the proper supplement to raise the standards. Early kidney disease and mild liver dysfunctions can be detected in blood work. At Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives, we have many excellent herbals and nutritional treatments to help your dog respond to these issues.

What’s the importance of routine blood tests for cats?

As cats age, they often have problems with kidney function and overactive thyroids. Doing routine blood screening helps us identify trends and intervene quickly if these problems are developing. Vitamin D testing can be done for cats to determine appropriate supplementation to prevent chronic illness. Blood tests also help us decide if a surgical patient has inapparent problems that may impact anesthesia.”

Why are routine blood tests for dogs important?

Pre-surgical blood work is performed for any patient undergoing sedation or anesthesia. This ensures that the kidney and liver can process anesthetic drugs. As dog’s age, they are at risk for developing diseases like Cushing’s, kidney failure and other metabolic issues. If these are caught early, a patient may have a longer and higher quality of life.


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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.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 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 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

3. 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.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.