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For our furry friends who can't hold out until their usual appointment date

Preventive Care

Struggling to book an appointment with your usual vet? 

Currently, there's a province-wide shortage of veterinarians, and as a result, many clinics are booked up weeks in advance. This can be quite challenging when your beloved pet is facing a sudden health issue like an ear infection, bladder problem, anal gland abscess, or an episode of vomiting/diarrhea.

At FBVS, we've got your back. We always have one veterinarian available every day to attend to these urgent cases. Rest assured, any medical records and test results from these appointments will be shared with your primary care clinic. This way, your regular veterinarian stays informed about all your furry friend's needs.

Differences between Common Veterinary Conditions

Regular Appointments

These are for situations that can wait for the next available slot.

Annual health check-ups and vaccinations

Ear infections

Skin issues

Mild or chronic lameness

Prescription renewals

Managing long-term stable conditions

Anal gland expression

Urgencies

These are situations that should be addressed quickly, usually within 24 to 48 hours.

Laceration repairs
Vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite
Severe lameness or back problems
Constipation
Seizures (not actively occurring)
Abscess (anal or from a cat bite)
Torn nails
Eye issues

Emergencies

These are cases that require immediate attention and might be directed to an Emergency facility.

Gastric dilation and volvulus
Difficulty urinating (especially in male cats)
Active seizures
Breathing difficulty
Severe trauma (e.g., hit by a car)
Acute collapse
Toxin ingestion
Altered consciousness

The above mentioned conditions are examples only. Each animal must be assessed and triaged on a case-by-case basis. 

If you are not sure if you are experiencing an animal health related Emergency, please call your primary care veterinarian, your local animal Emergency hospital, or the FBVS team as soon as possible. 
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When seeking Urgent Care, please keep in mind that it may come with longer wait times.

Pets with acute issues often require multiple diagnostics, which take time to complete. It's not uncommon for these furry patients to spend several hours in our care. If you find yourself away from home while waiting for your pet, we recommend exploring our local community to pass the time.

Remember, we're here for you and your furry friend, and we'll do our best to ensure their well-being, no matter the circumstances. Feel free to reach out to us right away!

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