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Preventative Financial Planning

Pet Insurance. There are many different companies with multiple plans that vary in coverage and monthly premiums. Register your pet early and while healthy, as with people, there will often be exclusions for pre-existing conditions that can result in limited or no coverage:

Pet Secure
Pet Plan
CAA Pets
Pets Plus Us
24 Pet Watch

Dedicated credit card or line of credit – If you have adequate credit, you can pay for emergency pet insurance using credit cards.
One approach is to choose a low-interest credit card and dedicate that card specifically for pet emergency medical bills. Consider choosing one with no annual fee.

Emergency Options

Pet card financingPetCard represent an immediate option for covering emergency vet bills. This product is provided by iFinance Canada and is a financing arrangement, not a credit card, that allows you to request a financial amount and determine scheduled monthly repayment periods that can span from 6 months to 5 years.

Raise your own pet funds online – Web-savvy pet owners can pursue another emerging avenue for generating funds. They can post emergency pet care expenses as a cause on one of a growing number of fundraising websites. The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada says that FundRazr has a fundraising campaign page specifically for animals and pets. Other websites that enable Canadian pet owners to raise funds online include Indiegogo and Youcaring.com.

Despite the enticing opportunities, consumers should carefully research any required fees before signing up for any fundraising service.


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Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

a) With the exception of euthanasia, only 1 client will be allowed to accompany their pet into the hospital for their appointment.

b) Masks must be worn inside the clinic and clients will be asked to maintain proper physical distancing.

c) Our waiting room remains closed. Parking stall signs will be placed in front of each parking stall giving direction on how to proceed once you arrive.  When arriving for an appointment we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call us at 204-253-2668 to check in, we will provide further information on next steps.

d) When picking up food or medication please TEXT your last name, pets name and stall# to 431-400-7822.  This information will be on the parking stall signage.

e) In order to further decrease traffic we encourage you to purchase your pet food and non-prescription supplies online using our online store (direct access to the online store is also available on our website).  Your purchase will be shipped directly to your home.  Orders over $100 ship for free!

f) Prescriptions and in clinic purchases of food and supplies must be pre-ordered.

g) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & E-Transfer).

h) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.


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


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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital