Veterinary Exam

Veterinary exams help us maintain your pet’s overall health. They’re similar to annual check-ups humans get at their doctors to assess their wellness and pinpoint areas the medical team can provide support. This might be more frequent, depending on your pet’s age and stage of life. Essentially, our veterinary exam is a way to stay up-to-date about important indicators of your internal and external health. If your pet is due for their veterinary exam, please contact our veterinary clinic at 403.335.3519.

How often does my pet need a veterinary exam?

Your veterinarian would be able to provide guidance based on your pet’s unique needs. Furry family members age at a much faster rate than humans do in one year. Kittens and puppies tend to have more frequent monthly exams because their early stages of development need to be closely monitored. For adult furry friends, yearly exams are usually recommended. For aging pets, check-ups twice a year help us continually assess the type of care we need to provide them.

What does the veterinary exam include?

Regular check-ups include general questions about your pet’s health, a physical exam as well as our veterinarians’ recommendations on strategies to maintain your pet’s health. It’s important to answer our veterinarians’ questions to the best of your ability so we can get a clearer picture of their daily lifestyle, diet and behaviour. These help inform things like nutrition counselling, parasite control recommendations and dental care. The physical exam includes assessing their external appearance as well as specific body parts. These are indicators of your pet’s overall health, including underlying issues. We might also recommend additional tests if they are helpful in getting a more holistic perspective of your pet’s health.

How can I prepare for my pet’s veterinary exam?

There a few things you can do to get ready for your pet’s upcoming appointment, including:

  • Asking loved ones or others who take care of your pet to share any observations about their daily habits
  • Making note of the type of foods you feed you pet, include the brand and quantity
  • Mention any changes you’ve noticed in your pet, even subtle ones
  • Preparing any questions you have for the vet

  • Last updated: April 5, 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!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! 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!

    - The team at Didsbury Veterinary Services