Veterinary Exam

You may already know that one dog year is equivalent to seven human years. Our furry family members grow and develop much faster and this is why regular examinations are so important. Imagine going seven years without seeing your family doctor! This is why we recommend you take your pet to see one of our veterinarians at least once per year, although once every 6 months is ideal. To learn more about our veterinary exam services for pets, and to find out about why these examinations are so important, please call us at 403.239.4657.

What happens during a veterinary exam?

Here at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic, a regular health examination includes examination of your pet’s basic bodily systems (e.g. cardio-vascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, oral, visual, etc.) which contributes towards an evaluation of overall health. Blood pressure testing and bloodwork may be recommended for more thorough evaluation, especially if the doctor suspects an underlying problem. We listen and discuss with you any concerns around changes in behaviour, appetite, bodily functions, mobility and comfort.

Why should I take my pet to the vet?

Regular examinations provide many benefits, and are key in keeping your pet in good health. Unlike most of us, pets cannot verbalize if they are feeling unwell. In fact, many will try to hide their illness as a natural defense mechanism. Regular exams will allow us to test for any underlying health conditions. Below are some of the other benefits of regular exams:

  • Early detection of health issues
  • Monitoring and management of chronic conditions
  • Weight management
  • Travel health protection
  • Preventative health management
  • Zoonotic diseases (preventing animal to human transmission of infections)
  • Discussion of how preventative measures can enhance longevity and quality of life
  • What does preventive care mean when it comes to pets?

    Preventive care management begins with an assessment for your individual pet based on lifestyle, age, and breed specific health risks (how these risks can be reduced). Patient lifestyle, specific vaccines, parasite prevention, and methods to protect them from disease prior to illness are also discussed. Regular examinations are a key part of preventive veterinary care.


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    Last updated: November 19, 2021

    Dear valued clients,

    We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. Due to the high increase in positive COVID-19 cases we have returned to locked door/curbside policy effective January 4, 2022.

    Only pets will be allowed in the clinic. Owners are asked to please stay in the parking lot while pets are being seen.

    We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • When you arrive in our parking lot for an appointment, please remain in your vehicle and call (403)239-4657. After speaking with the vet one of our team members will meet you on the sidewalk outside the hospital to bring your pet inside. Please wear a mask when engaging with staff.
  • You must remain in the parking lot while we treat your pet. Doctors may be calling from an unknown number to discuss findings, please make sure you can receive such calls.
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • For food and mediation pick up please call the clinic when you have arrived and one of our staff members will let you know when to meet them outside the door for pick up. Please call ahead to place your orders.
  • Please give us a minimum of 2 business days for orders of food and medication to arrive.
  • Payment over the phone with credit/debit is preferred.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been out of the country in the last 10 days, please reschedule your appointment or send someone else to bring in your pet. Please ensure that the designated person is registered in our files.
  • We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us.

    - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic