Dog with blue eyes sitting with baby

Bloodwork Services for Pets

As with human medicine, getting and analyzing blood samples are routine parts of veterinary care for your furry family members. In fact, our registered veterinary technicians and assistants perform bloodwork almost everyday here at AMC. Samples of your pet’s blood can help us screen them for any underlying diseases and give us insight about their wellbeing that we cannot have from other types of tests. If you have any further questions about bloodwork not addressed on this page, please do not hesitate to call us at 902.564.8356 (Sydney location) or 902.849.3725 (Reserve Mines location).

Are blood tests painful for pets?

Not at all. We don’t even administer anesthesia when drawing your pet’s blood. For them, it will feel similar to getting a regular injection or vaccine shot. Very little to no discomfort will be felt by your furry friend.

Why are blood tests important for my cat’s or dog’s health?

As we mentioned earlier, blood tests allow us to get vital info about your pet’s health and get ahead of any underlying health problems. Even if your pet is perfectly healthy, they provide a baseline for us to compare against future test results, so that we can have a reference for what is “normal” for your pet. Blood tests are also routine steps taken before certain surgeries and procedures, or before starting your pet on any new medications, so we can see if they are good candidates for treatment.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

Here at AMC, we conduct most of our bloodwork in-house and can get same-day results. We also work closely with an outside lab for more complicated exams – the results of which are received after 2 to 3 business days.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed


    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre