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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: February 28, 2022.

    Dear valued clients,

    We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. We are pleased to announce our new appointment protocols effective Monday February 28, 2022.

    We are now allowing ONE pet parent per appointment to accompany their pet into the clinic for their veterinary appointment. If you would prefer a curbside appointment, please just let us know.

    For appointments with our technicians (i.e. injections, suture removal, anal glands, etc.), we ask that you please pay attention to the clinic capacity and if necessary step outside for a few minutes to accommodate the flow of the clinic with capacity restrictions.

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

  • Masks are required while in the clinic
  • If you are unable to wear a mask, we will happily continue to provide you with curbside services
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • ONE pet parent will be allowed inside the clinic for the appointments. If you have children with you, we ask that your appointment remains curbside as this will go past our 3 person limit in the clinic
  • We will allow up to a maximum of 3 clients in the clinic lobby at any one time

    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