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.
A urinalysis is an important tool for detecting changes in the kidneys, diabetes and urinary tract diseases. This information can help keep your animal happy and healthy for a long time! A fecal analysis can let us know if your dog is harbouring any scary internal parasites which can spread to humans. These can be detrimental to your animal’s health, so it is critical that they are identified.
Why are canine fecal examinations recommended yearly?
Dogs are often eating things off the ground and drinking out of unknown water sources; this puts them at risk for contracting internal parasites. A fecal can tell us if there is anything scary residing within your dog. It can be particularly risky if there are children or immunocompromised individuals coming in contact with them as a lot of parasites are zoonotic (can be passed from animal to human).
If my dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?
A course of appropriate oral antibiotics will help clear this up!
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
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. OPERATING HOURS
Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital