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Dog Urinalysis and Fecal Exam

Urine and feces (poop!) are great hidden sources of information. We can learn so much from examining these waste products. They can tell us about parasite and bacterial infections and major organ disease affecting the kidneys, liver and pancreas. We commonly refer to urine as “liquid gold”!

Why are canine fecal examinations recommended yearly?


We like to check a sample of your pet’s feces every year. One of the most common things that we see spread from dogs to people is intestinal parasites, like worms. Even though many dogs and cats are regularly dewormed, there are some parasites that aren’t routinely covered. Sources of parasites include other dogs’ feces at dog parks, drinking out of puddles and hunting & eating prey, especially small rodents. In addition, serious infections can be passed through the feces of some wild animals like raccoons.

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


Urinary tract infections are often easily treated with antibiotics. However, in some cases, a complicated infection is present. In these cases, there may be urinary bladder stones or an infection that has ascended into the kidneys or started in the prostate gland. The best way to know if the infection is completely cleared up is to repeat a urine sample after the medications are finished. Many dogs have silent urinary tract infections. This means that your dog may not be showing you signs of infection but there is actually an infection present.

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Last updated: November 3, 2020

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our team and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience in these matters. Please stay healthy and thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety.  As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

The following updates are effective Wednesday November 4, 2020.

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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 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 Aylmer Veterinary Clinic