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.
Urine tells us a lot about your dog’s health. Our veterinarians evaluate urine for possible signs of infections (bladder or kidney), diabetes, kidney disease, possible toxin ingestion and even bladder stones. It is a relatively easy sample to obtain and the results can be minutes away because of our in-house laboratory.
Collecting a urine sample at home can be tricky. We recommend taking your dog outside on a leash and using a clean plastic container. When your dog starts to urinate put the container under your pet as quickly as possible. This method of collecting urine is called a “free catch sample”. The first-morning sample is best as this sample will be most concentrated and representative of your concern. A clean container is also important to prevent contamination of the sample. Once urine is collected the sample should be brought into the clinic as soon as possible or it should be kept in the fridge until it can be brought in for evaluation. Old urine samples (over 6 hours) or improperly stored urine samples are not good for evaluation as the urine will change with time. Please note that “free catch samples” are not ideal for urine culturing which determines what bacteria is causing the infection. In this case, a urine sample may need to be collected by your veterinarian in a sterile manner. If you cannot collect a sample yourself at home because your pet will not cooperate at home or the urine sample needs to be cultured, then we recommend bringing your dog to Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital as there are other methods of urine collection that can be performed by our veterinarians.
If my dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?
If your dog is diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (bladder infection) an antibiotic will be prescribed by our veterinarians. If your dog is showing other signs of discomfort, an anti-inflammatory will be prescribed to help make them more comfortable. Once the course of antibiotics is complete the urine will need to be tested again to verify the infection is cleared. It is important to ensure the infection is gone as antibiotic resistance can occur making the infection harder to cure.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures effective Monday, July 6, 2020.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email email@example.com. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.
2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS
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 at 403-342-6040.
We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns over the phone.
A staff member will then meet you at our ‘NOSE’ or ‘TAIL’ doors and escort you and your pet into one of our exam rooms.
One client per pet in the exam room.
Masks must be worn in the hospital at all times. Please bring your own mask. If you do not have one, we will supply you with one.
Use hand sanitizer once you enter the exam room.
Washrooms are for staff use only.
3. PAYMENT METHODS
Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.
4. CURBSIDE PICKUP
We will continue curbside pickup for food and medications. Please call ahead of time, and we will get your order ready. (You can also use our online store and have your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
5. 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.
6. OPERATION HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members!
Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital