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

Collecting urine (urinalysis) for testing is important in detecting various types of urinary tract diseases including infections and renal health issues. To check for intestinal parasites, we recommend fecal (stool) testing. Intestinal parasites are a major cause of morbidity in animals if left untreated.

When and why are fecal test required?

Your pet’s history and lifestyle give some indication as to whether they are more or less likely to have certain parasites. Important factors include the age of the pet, recent adoption from a shelter, frequenting dog parks, doggie daycare, obedience classes, administration of year-round parasite preventatives, hunting and or the presence of fleas on the pet. If your pet is at risk, please discuss deworming options and testing with one of our team. A fecal test or inspection of a parasite found in a pet’s vomit or feces can help determine what medication your pet may need and if repeated doses are required. Fecal exams are often performed when a pet has diarrhea to look for various bacterial, protozoal (i.e. giardia, cryptosporidia), or helminth (ex. roundworms) infections so targeted treatments can be provided.

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


If a urinary tract infection is confirmed, the veterinarian will choose an appropriate antibiotic to eliminate or “kill” the bacteria. If the type of bacteria is unknown or we have a recurring infection, urine samples are often sent to a referral lab for a more detailed test known as a culture and sensitivity. This test specifically identifies the bacteria present and which antibiotics they are sensitive to.

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How to help injured and orphaned wild animals

Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife.  First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal. 

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Last updated: September 09, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations.

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 - Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

5. PET BOARDING & GROOMING

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

- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital