Veterinary Exam

Regular wellness exams help us stay in the know about your pet’s overall health. Since one human year is equivalent to several dog and cat years, even small changes in a short timespan can be impactful. Taking your pet in for their wellness exam is like the yearly physical exam you receive from your doctor. To book an appointment, please contact us at 416.941.8920.

How do you make this a stress-free environment for pets?

We know visits to the veterinarian, especially for the first time, might be anxiety-inducing for your pet. Like our respective reception areas, our cat and dog exam rooms are at opposite sides of our hospital. The rooms were built with your pet in mind, including lots of natural light. For example, the cat rooms are peaceful and calming, with more subdued wall colours. The dog exam table faces a big window so they can watch our squirrel neighbours and the birds!

What happens during their checkup?

During a wellness exam, your pet will get a comprehensive physical to assess their overall health. The physical, along with other diagnostic tests we run like X-rays or urinalysis, helps us get a clearer picture of what’s happening inside your pet’s body. We might also do bloodwork, using our in-house laboratory, to assess your pet’s blood levels. The purpose of the wellness exam is to develop or add to your pet’s individualized wellness plan, which provides insight into the specific care they need. This may include recommendations like vaccinations, a parasite prevention plan and dental care.

How often should my pet have a veterinary exam?

Depending on your pet’s age and overall health, we may recommend visits that are more frequent than once a year. For example, senior pets need to see us twice a year and puppies or kittens should visit us monthly. Our veterinary team will provide recommendations on how often your pet should be visiting with us.

Last updated: January 19, 2022.

Due to the shortage of staff at the clinic this week, we have special operating hours.

Wednesday, Jan 19 – 1:30 pm until 4:30 pm
Thursday, Jan 20 – 8:30 until 2:30 pm
Friday, Jan 21 – 8:00 am at 4:00 pm

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • We are operating under a "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.
  • We require a 24 hr cancellation notice for appointments during this time. A cancellation fee will be applied otherwise.
  • 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).
  • Parking is available in our parking lot (behind the clinic) as well as on the street.

    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 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 again!

    - Your dedicated team at Bay Cat & Dog Hospital