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.

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Dog Urinalysis and Fecal Exam

During routine visits, your veterinarian will often ask for fecal and/or urine samples. By evaluating your dog’s fecal and urine, it helps to give your veterinarian the whole picture surrounding your dog’s health.

Why are fecal examinations required yearly?


Yearly fecal examinations are required to ensure that your dog hasn’t picked up an internal parasite. Fecal tests are recommended to detect internal parasites in our dogs that are passed from infected dogs, cats, rodents and birds, through their fecal matter. Most commonly in mature dogs, they can get it from walking through infected feces and then in the grooming process, lick and ingest the feces and get infected. They can even become infected by simply sniffing another animal’s feces. Young puppies will often be passed parasites from their mothers either in the womb or through their mother’s milk.

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


If your dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection it is advised to get the advice of your veterinarian. After evaluating the urine results, your veterinarian can inform you of an appropriate treatment plan to treat your dog’s specific needs.

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Last updated: July 7, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 6th, 2020 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

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 to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

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

Your dedicated team at West Hill Animal Clinic