Veterinary Exam

Veterinary exams are the equivalent of yearly doctor checkups. They are designed to examine your pet’s health and adjust their lifestyle, diet and medications to maintain a happy life. At Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital, we encourage regular veterinary exams to ensure your furry friend’s well-being.

How are veterinary exams conducted?

During a veterinary exam our team will run a series of tests such as uterine, blood and imaging to detect any illnesses. Our veterinarian will also conduct a physical examination to ensure your pet is developing, as they should be for their age or breed. Throughout the entire process your pet is at ease, as we are very gentle when conducting examinations. We will ask about your pet’s lifestyle, behaviours and diet. You can also use this time to voice any concerns you have about your pet. Based on the results from the lab work our veterinarians may recommend special diets, medications or even specific exercises to keep your pet healthy.

When should my pet start having veterinary exams?

As soon as your pet is in your care, you should bring them in for an examination. Following this initial exam, your pet should come in for a veterinary checkup at least once every year. Your pet may require more than one checkup per year based on age, breed or pre-existing conditions.

How often should my senior pet get a veterinary exam?

Senior pets should come in for a veterinary exam twice each year. As your pets get older, their bodies don’t function the same and so you must stay on top of their health and catch illnesses in the early stage.

Kittens and puppies need a veterinary exam three times per year. To schedule your pet’s veterinary exam call us at 204.452.9010.

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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Sunday and Holidays: Closed

    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.

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

    - The team at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital