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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: May 27, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

    As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe Alberta and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

    3. ONLINE ORDERS

    The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. CLICK HERE

    4. OPERATING HOURS

    Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    We are closed on Statutory Holidays.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic

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