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Dog Urinalysis and Fecal Exam

Urinalysis is an important diagnostic tool for many diseases. Urine testing is typically the first step in diagnosing a simple urinary tract infection to more complicated systemic illnesses, such as diabetes, kidney disease, and Cushing’s disease. Fecal analysis (or poop analysis) is an important tool for detecting intestinal parasites in dogs. Intestinal parasites can cause poor health in dogs and are a major cause of diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

Why are fecal examinations required yearly?

We recommend routine fecal examinations because parasites are contagious to all ages and sizes of dogs. Dog to dog contact is not required to spread most parasites. Routine fecal checks allow us to make sure your pet is intestinal parasite free!

If my dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?

Once your dog has been examined and a urinalysis has been done, medications can be dispensed for the urinary tract infection. The medications prescribed are dependent on the results of the urinalysis and sometimes a diet change is recommended if there are concurrent issues (such as crystals in the urine or bladder stones). Your dog’s specific needs will be addressed based on the findings of the urinalysis and the physical exam done by a veterinarian.

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Rescue Dogs: Overcoming Unwanted Behaviours

Since the COVID pandemic has arrived in Canada (and around the world), we have seen a spike in pet adoptions. This is an amazing thing – for the new pet owner and for the pet.  However, one of the other spikes we see on an almost daily basis at the hospital is the need for new owner to attach “a story” to their pet's behaviours – particularly in the instance of “rescue” dogs.  In rescue situations, many of the dogs arrive with unknown histories and many of the dogs demonstrate specific or generalized fear and anxiety.

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Last updated: June 16, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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

We are excited to allow clients in again, however please be patient as we must continue to disinfect all surfaces between appointments. As we work to care for our beloved patients, please be kind. Any abuse towards our staff will not be tolerated and will result in denial of service.

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 7 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? 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 Cambrian Animal Hospital