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2595 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 0P5
(204) 832-1368


Physical Examination

A physical examination appointment consists of; recording the current weight of your pet and the assessment of body condition, skin and hair coat, abdomen, ears, eyes, urinary system, rectum, nose and throat, lymph nodes, mouth, teeth and gums, legs, paws and spine, heart and lungs as well as the nervous system.  A discussion of your pet's recent physical, behavioural and nutritional history reveals further insight.  Evaluations and recommendations are provided in written form for your personal records.

Please retain a copy of the Vaccination and Health Certificate issued by our veterinarians at the time of your pet's physical examination.  This provides proof of your pet's health status and most recent vaccinations.  You may require this document when traveling, boarding or for various pet-related activities.  It is often handy to keep an extra current copy in your vehicle.

Preventive Vaccination
Pets having been assessed and determined to be in good health may receive vaccination for potential contagious disease.  The vaccine required may vary depending upon your pet's history, age and exposure.

Dental Care

There are many factors that affect the condition of your pet's teeth.  We can assist with individual patient dental care using tools such as diet recommendation, oral care products, teeth brushing demonstration and routine cleaning.

Should your pet require a dental procedure involving anesthetic, a level of treatment will be recommended based on your pet's needs.  Dental radiographs can be performed at the time of the procedure.

See Pet Dental Care for more.

Comprehensive medical services for general internal medicine as well as dermatology, ophthalmology, oncology, gastroenterology, urology and cardiology.
Ultrasound and Electrocardiogram:  New leading-edge ultrasound technology (Aloka Pro Sound SSD-3500 SV) is conducted in-house for comprehensive cardiac and abdominal studies.
Diagnostic cardiogram and blood pressure measurement allowing, in combination with the ultrasound, complete cardiology examination and testing.
Holter monitor available for monitoring the cardiac rhythm over a 24 hour period.  
Complete digital radiograph services.
Our laboratory capabilities include blood chemistry, blood cell, urine, stool and cytology analysis.  We also have access to a variety of external laboratories covering a broad spectrum of diagnostic services.
Fully stocked pharmacy.  Most medications are on-hand and many are available to order via a compounding pharmacy.
Board-Certified specialists are available for consultations and services through our practice.  See Veterinary Referrals for more information.


A full range of soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery.
Spay and neuter in dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and rodents.
The most up-to-date and safest anesthetic agents, equipment, protocols and monitoring.

Unless otherwise instructed, owners are advised that pets must be fasted prior to anesthesia.  This means they should not be fed meals/snacks after 8:00 pm the evening prior to the procedure and water should be removed early (6:30 am) on the morning of the procedure.  A small morsel for medication administration is acceptable if necessary.
  • On the morning of the procedure please give all regular/current medications as directed unless otherwise instructed.
  • If regular or recently prescribed medication is required during the hospitalization period, please bring these at the time of admission.
  • If a special diet is required during hospitalization, please bring a small portion at the time of admission.

An estimate will be provided for the recommended services but may be subject to change in cases which may require additional care.

On the day of the scheduled procedure your pet will be admitted to our hospital between 7:00 and 8:30 am.  A blood sample will be collected for immediate analysis (unless performed at an earlier date) and an intravenous catheter will be placed in your pet's foreleg to administer fluid support while he or she is anesthetized.  The surgeon will then perform the necessary procedure while your pet is monitored by our veterinary technicians.

Once the procedure is complete, your pet then recovers from anesthesia in a warm, comfortable area under constant observation.  Post-treatment care instructions concerning your pet's individual needs will be provided.  Some will require an Elizabethan collar to prevent licking or chewing the incision as well as prescription medications including pain relief.

Patients are released from our hospital when they are completely recovered and able to physically and cognitively function in a normal manner.  Each pet responds differently to the anesthetic process and hospitalization time may vary.  Most pets will be hospitalized until late afternoon or early evening unless a longer period is deemed necessary.  Dog spays are hospitalized overnight for adequate recovery time.

The need for follow up visits is determined on a case-by-case basis as it is dependent upon the treatment applied and your pet's response.

Pet Grooming
Birchwood Pet Grooming has been in operation since 1997.  Cindy is a Certified Groomer with many professional years grooming all breeds of dogs and cats.  Please see Pet Grooming for additional details.

Special Services

  • Pet health insurance plans
  • Behaviour counseling
  • Diet and nutrition counseling
  • Services for northern residents  For regions where veterinary service is difficult (or impossible) to access we offer the following:
  • Free email consultations
  • Prescription and some vaccines by mail or through local pharmacy for registered patients (Federal prescription drug laws require that a valid veterinarian-patient relationship be established).
  • Transport to and from Winnipeg airport can be arranged through a local pet transportation service (listed below) with prior arrangement.
Pet Sense Sturgeon Park Dog Care
Angie's Animal Care Care For Pets Unlimited
Pets Stay Home Pettrax

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