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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Dog Urinalysis and Fecal Exam

Urinalysis is a test that can be performed in the clinic, or sent to a laboratory for analysis. Results of this test can tell your veterinarian many things regarding your dog’s health. For example, if your dog is experiencing normal concentration, shows any abnormalities such as bacteria, blood or glucose content. This can help with the diagnosis of your pet’s illness.

Why are fecal examinations required yearly?

Fecal material is examined both grossly and microscopically. Gross examination of feces involves looking at the texture, colour, or presence of blood or adult worms. Microscopic examination allows us to see eggs of internal parasites (roundworms, tapeworms, protozoan parasites etc.). It is possible for dogs to carry these parasites without any clinical signs. It is especially important to run this test when there are clinical signs (diarrhea, bloated stomach), which can rule out parasites as being the cause. Unfortunately, due to the life cycle of some parasites, we can miss seeing evidence of them on fecal analysis. We strongly recommend regular deworming as a preventative for this reason, especially if your dog’s lifestyle puts them at a higher risk.

If my dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?

Your veterinarian will prescribe your dog an antibiotic in the event a urinary tract infection is diagnosed. After the medication is finished, it is important to have the urine retested to ensure that the infection has completely cleared up. A longer course of antibiotics may be needed if it hasn’t.

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Last updated: July 8, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective Monday, July 13, 2020 we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

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

Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital