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Veterinary Exam

Our furry family members cannot simply tell us if they are in pain or discomfort. For this reason, it’s absolutely important that they are regularly and frequently examined here at our veterinary centre. By calling us, we can figure out the time that will be most convenient for you and your routine. Feel free to contact us to schedule your next appointment and our team will accommodate you to the best of our ability.

Why are veterinary exams important?

Routine exams are important for all pets, whether they are sick or healthy, young or old. After a thorough exam, we can develop or modify your pet’s health care plan to maintain their good condition or to treat issues such as diarrhea, sore eyes, lethargy, insomnia and itchy skin. It’s also a great opportunity to touch base with your pet’s veterinarian and our RVTs. You can ask any questions you may have or bring forward any of your concerns. Consulting with us during a one-on-one conversation can save you a lot of time and money from ineffective DIY remedies.

What happens during a veterinary exam?

Your furry friend’s veterinarian will conduct a full-body examination during the appointment. Usually, they will start by asking you a series of questions about your pet (e.g. their diet, activity levels, habits, behaviours). Then they will check your pet’s breathing, their heart rate, skin, fur and limbs to look for any abnormalities of signs of distress. If your pet is already microchipped, we will also check if it is working properly. Other types of tests that can be conducted include bloodwork and urinalysis. Each pet is different, so there is no set amount of time for the appointment. Exams usually take about 20 minutes, but we suggest that you allocate additional time in case of any unforeseen delays.

Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS 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!

    - The team at Dundas Veterinary Services