Veterinary Exam

Veterinary exams are an important part of your pet’s life. Regular wellness exams are the key to keeping your pet healthy. We recommend all pets undergo an annual “nose to tail” exam, though more frequent exams are encouraged. These visits should never be avoided as they help us monitor your pet’s health as they grow. Information we collect during their check ups prepare us for conditions they may be susceptible to in their older age, or detect illnesses at an early stage. This is also a great opportunity for pet owners to ask questions and share concerns. To schedule your pet’s veterinary exam call us at 403.984.4143.

What happens if I don’t take my pet for annual vet exams?

Our wellness exams benefit your peace of mind as much as it caters to your pet’s physical and emotional health. Without annual exams invisible conditions may develop into long term or fatal issues. Vet exams keep you informed of your pet’s well-being and allows us to follow up with other tests if we see fit. We use the results from the physical examination to determine if your pet needs X-rays, blood work, and/or an ultrasound. These additional examinations tell us what’s wrong with your pet and lets us quickly decide the best course of treatment. When you keep your pet’s appointments regular, you’re giving them the best possible care.

How can you tell if something is wrong with my pet during a vet exam?

Externally, we check their eyes, ears, weight, and skin to spot physical changes or abnormalities. To see how they’re doing internally we take a small blood sample. Wellness laboratory testing is used to assist the veterinarian in detecting health problems at an early stage. Laboratory results provide valuable information to evaluate the condition of your pet’s vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, pancreas and heart. These tests can provide a baseline for future comparison to detect changes in your pet’s health.

Last updated: August 24, 2021

Dear Clients,

Based on the most recent COVID-19 precautions announced by our provincial government, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, bloodwork, 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
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

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

    - The team at Rocky Ridge Pet Hospital