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Services

The Dogwood Veterinary Hospital is a full service hospital providing comprehensive veterinary care for dogs, cats and select exotics.

In addition to the services listed below, mobile endoscopy and ultrasound can be arranged in hospital. Veterinarians often work closely with specialists on complicated cases and referral can be arranged in a variety of disciplines when indicated.

  • Wellness exams
  • Vaccination
  • Spay and neuters
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Dentistry
  • Digital X-rays (full body and dental)
  • In hospital blood analysis
  • Pharmacy
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Deworming
  • Nutrition counselling
  • Food sales
  • Palliative care
  • Home euthanasia
  • Cat boarding

After hour emergency services are shared with clinics in the Comox Valley through a rotating call schedule. Emergencies are referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Laboratory Sample Collection and Pre-Surgical Instructions

The following is a short list of common laboratory tests that we perform to monitor different disease therapies, or as part of a diagnosis work up. For some of these tests, timing of medication and fasting is required, and some samples may be dropped off by you, the owner, so please read our guidelines for how to collect and store your pet’s samples.

Thyroid Medication Testing

  • Thyroid recheck for felines: Check blood levels anytime as the timing of medication is not important.
  • Thyroid recheck for canines: Check blood levels between 4-6 hours after pill given.

Phenobarbital Testing

  • Phenobarbital levels: All patients; check blood levels anytime, no fasting is required, time of medication not important.

Urine Testing at Home

  • All urine samples should be brought to the hospital for testing as soon after collection as possible- If necessary the sample can be refrigerated.
  • Canines: Please collect the first morning sample, in a clean container (or provided urine container).
  • Felines: Dump out current litter in litter box and clean. Replace litter with “Nosorb”. Once your cat has urinated in the box, pour the urine and “Nosorb” back into the original “Nosorb” container. You may have to limit your cat to a confined area, such as a bedroom, or bathroom in a multi cat household.

Urine Collection in Hospital (Feline and Canines)

  • When a sterile urine sample is required, we need to collect the urine directly from your pet via a urinary catheter or by a collection method called “cystocentesis”. Both of these methods are minimally invasive and performed routinely in the hospital.
  • In order for the sampling to be successful we need our patients arrive at the hospital with a full bladder, this means our canine patients must be brought in, first thing in the morning without having a chance to go out the bathroom at home. For our feline patients, this means they need to be without access to a litter box for a few hours and more importantly brought in, first thing in the morning.

Imaging and Surgical Fasting

  • Ultrasounds, x-rays, and all types of surgeries: All of these procedures require sedation/general anesthesia so all patients must be fasted after 10 pm the night before, water is permitted.
  • Rabbits and other pocket pets do not require fasting and you are required to bring their regular food for the duration of their, this includes their water bottle if they use one, hay, kibble and any fresh foods they typically enjoy.

This information is to be used as a guide, and all patients scheduled will receive their instructions upon booking the appointment. We encourage any and all questions and concerns! Just give us a call.