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Veterinary Exam

At Coastland Veterinary Hospital, we believe that preventative care is the best way to keep your pet healthy and happy. Regular physical examinations can help identify any concerns before they become a serious problem. These visits also provide the opportunity to get to know you and discuss any questions or concerns that you may have about your pet. This is important to us because, as we see it, we are all on the same team, with the goal of optimizing your pet’s ultimate physical health and emotional happiness.

What happens during a puppy/kitten’s first visit to the veterinary exam?

We get your puppy or kitten started off in the right direction by offering nutritional advice, training information and exercise recommendations. A vaccine appointment includes a full exam health check. We will also send you home with a “puppy pack” or “kitty pack” that is full of useful information about spay/neutering, deworming, vaccine guide, a free trial of pet insurance, and a special gift for your pet!

What happens during an annual exam and vaccine visit?

By knowing you and your pet’s lifestyle we can recommend appropriate vaccinations. A thorough physical examination from whiskers to tail gives us the opportunity to assess your pet’s overall health. Remember, our pets age much faster than us humans! Annual check-ups allow us to monitor your pet’s physical health and allow us to get to know you and your pet on a more personal level.

How are senior dogs/cats/pets examined?

As our pets age they can develop lumps and bumps, arthritis, chronic pain, or one or more of a variety of ailments. An annual exam is so important for our older friends, and using our trained eyes and hands we can look for any changes from one year to the next. A diagnostic blood panel is usually conducted during these visits. This is a very valuable addition to the physical examination of your senior pet. Bloodwork aides in the detection of the many chronic ailments that can be well managed with early diagnosis. Many senior pets can experience pain and discomfort after doing an average day’s worth of exercise. Our veterinarians are skilled in the detection of pain. There are now many safe medication options as well as supplements and acupuncture that may aid in improving your pet’s quality of life.

Last updated: July 28, 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.


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

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday & 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 Coastland Veterinary Hospital