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.
Our veterinary team at Fairview Animal Hospital may recommend a urinalysis to identify if there is an infection or inflammation in the urinary tract. A urinalysis is essential for comprehensive evaluation of kidney function and includes physical, chemical and microscopic evaluation of urine. We can run a urinalysis in-house with results usually available within 30 minutes, and we can send the urine out to our Idexx laboratory for more detailed testing when necessary.
Why are canine fecal examinations recommended yearly?
Dogs have exposure to numerous parasites in their day-to-day life. These include things like roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm among others. These parasites can cause weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea, and overall poor health. Some dogs may not have symptoms, but may still be infected and able to pass the parasite along to other animals and humans. Many worms are zoonotic and pose a particular threat to the very young and very old people the dog encounters. Many species of worm do not pass as adults in the stool, and only the microscopic eggs are shed, so the only way to find them is with a professional fecal analysis via microscope. Knowing if your dog is infected and if so, with which species, allows your veterinary care team to put together the most effective deworming protocol for your pet.
If my dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?
Your Veterinarian will discuss the results of the urinalysis with you and decide the best course of treatment and comfort for your dog.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
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 SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following 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!