Veterinary Exam

Your furry friend’s health is important to us. The best way to ensure they are supported in their health is to book a yearly routine examination (also referred to as a wellness exam) with our team. Pets can age over 5 times faster than humans so yearly exams help us to keep up-to-date with their needs. Depending on your pet’s age, we might need to see them more often than once a year. To book your pet’s routine wellness exam, please contact us at 604-824-5848.

When should I book my pet’s routine examination?

In the first year of life, puppies and kittens will have a series of vaccine appointments along with an appointment for their spay/neuter procedure. Following that, annual exams are recommended throughout adulthood. Once your pet has reached their senior years and depending on how their general health is, more frequent checks (~6 months) are recommended to keep your pet as comfortable and healthy as possible.

What happens during my pet’s routine examination?

At your pet’s routine examination, you can expect to answer a few questions about your pet’s health/well-being and a veterinarian will examine your pet. Depending on your pet’s needs, our veterinarians might recommend wellness testing to gain a deeper understanding of your pet’s health. Wellness testing might include blood tests, urine tests, X-rays, blood pressure monitoring, or other diagnostic procedures. Our intention is to uncover any underlying issues your pet might have so we can take the right preventative steps to address them. Our team of veterinarians are trained to interpret the results of wellness testing, physical examination as well as your pet’s behavior, lifestyle and travel history to create the best care plan for your furry family member.

What types of questions will I need to answer about my pet?

Most of our questions help our veterinarians better understand your pet’s overall health and well-being. It is important to answer these questions as honestly as possible, including consulting everyone who cares for your pet. Even small details can help influence the kind of support we can offer your pet. We want to provide your pet with the best care possible by knowing all the facts:

  • Does your pet go outdoors unsupervised?
  • Is there wildlife in your area?
  • Does your pet drink from puddles or ponds?
  • Does your pet swim in a pond, lake or river?
  • Does your pet go into wooded areas?
  • How much water does your pet drink on a daily basis?
  • What brand and what quantity of food does your pet eat?
  • How many treats or table scraps does your pet get on a daily basis?
  • Does your pet ever cough, sneeze or vomit?
  • What are your pet’s elimination habits like?
  • Does your pet show any signs of pain, stiffness, or decreased activity?



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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. 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 Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 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 Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic