Veterinary Hospital Services

Applecross Veterinary Hospital is a full service animal hospital. We provide high quality patient care for cats and dogs. We will work to provide you with everything necessary to keep the furry and four-legged happy and healthy. As such, we provide a wide range of professional services.


Emergencies never happen when you expect them; if they happen when our veterinary hospital is open please give us a call first. We might be able to fit you in. If they happen after hours; 24 hour emergency service is provided through the small animal emergency clinic at Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital (250) 933-0913.

Dental Suite

Your pet’s teeth are an integral part of his or her overall health. Teeth require yearly cleaning, and this cleaning can greatly increase the life span and quality of life of your pet. Unlike us, pets are not happy to open their mouths for a cleaning and require a full anaesthesia in order to have their teeth properly cleaned and examined. We will scale the teeth to remove tartar and plaque build-up and polish them to smooth the enamel. This is done to remove small wear marks which can encourage the development of plaque and tartar.

Onsite Laboratory

We are proud to offer many on site laboratory services. This allows our doctors to quickly assess diagnostics to help better form a treatment plan for our sick patients. We are also able to offer lab services for our elderly patients who come in for their yearly vaccinations. Routine testing for blood counts and chemistries are done with state-of-the art equipment in the hospital and are available within hours.

Among the laboratory services offered:

  • Feline leukemia & FIV testing
  • Fecal floatation
  • Urinalysis and microscopic examination of urine
  • Complete blood counts
  • Blood chemistry and electrolytes
  • Cytology (microscopic examination of cells) of the skin and ears
  • Culture and sensitivity
  • Diabetes diagnosis and control
  • Hormone levels, such as thyroid, cortisol, and progesterone
  • Histology (microscopic examination of tumor cells)
  • Testing for parasites such as giardia

Please ask our staff about our geriatric panels, pre-aesthetic panels, and paediatric panels. We use several out of the clinic laboratories for services that we can not offer in order to provide the best care possible. These other test results are usually available within 24 hours.

Personalized Vaccinations

Vaccinations are an important component of your pet’s wellness and will help prevent serious illnesses from developing. After a consultation with you on your pets life style and a thorough an examination of your pet our veterinarians will determine an appropriate vaccines protocol. If you are traveling with your pet, please ensure that we are aware of where you are traveling to so that we can ensure your pet is covered for any diseases they may encounter at your travel destination.

Some of our most common vaccines are:

Rabies vaccine:

Rabies is a zoonotic disease. This disease can be transferred to people.


For puppies, we recommend a series of a Distemper/Parvovirus/Hepatitis/Parainfluenza vaccine be administered at 8 weeks and then every 4 weeks until 16 weeks of age. It is generally administered yearly thereafter.


This is often referred to as kennel cough or tracheobronchitis. It is highly contagious. This vaccination is especially important for puppies and dogs that go to boarding and grooming facilities. Also, wherever there is close contact with other dogs (dog parks, puppy and obedience schools, dog clubs), this vaccine is recommended.

Applecross Veterinary Hospital - Digital X Ray


Our on-site X-ray equipment is helpful for examining masses, tumors, and potential obstructions, detecting cat or dog arthritis, and can discover hidden problems that may warrant further investigation.


Our special combination of technology and know-how ensures that the animals we care for undergo only the safest and most effective surgery we can provide. With this in mind, we begin every surgery consultation with a thorough physical exam—including blood work—to determine whether your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia and to undergo surgery at the outset. From here, we will administer any necessary pre-surgerical medications and will continue to monitor and care for your animal’s condition post-operatively as needed.

Wellness Plans

Preventive medicine is one of our core values. Wellness Plans are a group of preventive medicine products and services offered to our clients at a discounted rate and billed monthly. For more information see our Wellness Plans FAQs or ask anyone of our staff.

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