Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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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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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.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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.