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.
Urinalysis and fecal tests are laboratory diagnostic services that can help play an important role in maintaining your dog’s health. Fecal tests are an important part of the gastrointestinal health of your dog, while a urinalysis is a great diagnostic tool in determining a possible urinary tract infection. Urinalysis also helps identify other health issues such as kidney disease, diabetes and urinary crystals.
Why are canine fecal examinations recommended yearly?
Our veterinarians recommend fecal examinations as fecal testing is a useful tool in understanding the gastrointestinal health of your dog. When pets are having digestive tract issues such as diarrhea, a fecal examination can provide our team with enough information to help make a diagnosis and effectively treat your pet.
If my dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?
Our team of veterinarians can determine if your dog has a urinary tract infection by completing a urinalysis. Upon diagnosis, our veterinarians can recommend treatment options to therapeutically treat the urinary tract infection and get your dog feeling better.
Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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, heartworm testing, 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 & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital