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Laboratory Services

What routine laboratory services does Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives offer dogs and cats?

Routine blood testing can identify some medical conditions for dogs and cats before clinical signs appear. Once a patient has a chronic issue, ongoing monitoring is often needed. While your conventional practice will fulfill much of this for your pet, Full Circle also provides a complete range of in-house laboratory services including biochemistry, titre tests, complete blood counts, basic skin cytology, urinalysis, and fecal testing. Some of our unique tests, like Vitamin D or Rabies titers, are submitted to outside laboratories. Results of any tests we perform are shared with your primary conventional veterinarian.

Why is Vitamin D Testing important?

Vitamin D testing is an excellent screening test to start when your dog or cat reaches middle age (5-7 years of age). Vitamin D impacts many bodily systems, and low levels are associated with an increased risk of inflammation and cancer. Adequate D levels improve patients with allergic skin disease, inflammatory bowel disease and slow chronic kidney disease. Testing allows us to select the appropriate dose and, over time, evaluate our effectiveness at normalizing inadequate values.

What Titer Testing Services do you offer?

Vaccination or exposure to disease causes measurable levels of antibodies to form, and these are circulated in the bloodstream. Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives regularly performs in-house titer testing for dogs. We can assess antibody levels for Parvovirus, Adenovirus and Canine Distemper virus, which are the common components in the core vaccination protocol for puppies. Testing informs us of your pet’s level of protection and may prove that this core vaccine can be delayed for one to three years past the manufacturer’s reported duration of immunity. This helps you reduce unnecessary vaccination of your pets while keeping them safe and protected from disease.

Rabies titers, not valid for export, can also be run if you wish to demonstrate that your pet has protective immunity for more than the three-year duration of immunity claimed by most vaccine companies. We send Rabies titers to Kansas State University as part of a program that supports members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

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Last updated: June 28, 2021

Dear Clients,

With the recent changes for businesses related to Covid, we want to reassure you that we are continuing to provide our full range of services with the safety measures listed below. We will update this page regularly as the safety measures change.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only. This includes Canine Rehabilitation appointments, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine appointments for acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui -na, Animal Chiropractic, Nutrition referrals, and specific blood testing referrals.

If you have questions, please contact us by phone at 902-461-0951 or email us at careteam@fullcirclevet.ca.

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We look forward to seeing you with your furry family members when Covid subsides!

- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.