Our Veterinarian Services
Pioneer Veterinary Services and its team of associated clinics offers a comprehensive range of veterinary care in clean, modern facilities. With a long history of practice in central Alberta, our team prides itself on maintaining and developing working relationships of great rapport with new and existing clients.
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At Pioneer Veterinary Services, we know that when your furry companion is happy, the whole family is happy.
We can’t forget about the small but mighty sheep and goats! Whether you only have a few to keep the grass short, or you manage a large herd.
Whether yours is a beef, dairy, or feedlot operation, Pioneer Veterinary Services strives to provide you with first-class services.
Acupuncture is the application of sterile needles into specific points which can improve function and comfort of certain muscles, organs and nerves.
I have found a stray/lost animal, can I bring it to the clinic?
If the animal appears injured or in distress, please call us immediately. If you find a lost pet that appears healthy, we would be happy to scan it for an identification (rabies tag, microchip or tattoo) in hopes to find the owner; However, we do not hold them unless instructed by animal services. Please see our reference page on how you can contact animal services for further assistance.
Why should I bring my pet in for regular veterinary visits when he/she is healthy?
Preventive healthcare involves a multimodal approach that includes veterinary evaluation of your pet’s overall health and their risk for disease or other health problems. Based on our findings, we will provide you with recommendations for your pet’s health including nutrition, dental care, vaccinations, deworming as well as recommendations tailored to your pet’s health status and risk factors.
Early diagnosis and treatment of a particular process can increase the likelihood of a successful outcome for your pet. Typically, the cost of prevention is also often a fraction of the cost of treating an advanced disease or problem. When you keep your pet up-to-date on preventative care, you are helping to ensure we are not missing a disease process that could have been prevented or easily treated.
What should I expect during my pet’s wellness exam?
During your pet’s annual wellness exam, your veterinary team will take your pet’s history and perform a thorough physical examination. This will take 20-30 minutes of your time. Pending your approval, we will administer your pet’s appropriate vaccinations and perform any further diagnostic workup, which may include blood, fecal and urine tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases. We will discuss with you about any recommended preventative measurements such as parasite control, dental work, bloodwork screening or other follow-up care. The specific services provided during the exam will vary depending on your pet’s age and your individual preferences including financial concerns. It remains one of our practice wide goals to ensure we respectfully provide the best possible care for your animal within your individual budget. You can help us by letting your veterinary team know if you’ve noticed any unusual behaviours or physical changes in your animal, along with any financial concerns.
Does Pioneer Veterinary Services treat exotics such as rabbits and guinea pigs?
We are not an exotic focused clinic and encourage owners to search out a specialized clinic to ensure your little family members receive the best possible care. If this is not possible, we are happy to provide an initial evaluation to help guide you in the right direction. We also offer rabbit castration services.
What vaccinations does my cat or dog really need?
Active immunization, achieved through proper vaccination, plays a critical role in the control of infectious diseases, both for the individual and for the population as a whole. When designing a vaccination program, we consider the pet’s lifestyle, related disease risks, and the characteristics of available vaccines. “Core vaccines” (e.g., rabies, feline panleukopenia, feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus infection, canine distemper, canine parvovirus infection, and canine hepatitis) are recommended for most pets. Additional “non-core vaccines” (e.g., feline leukemia, canine kennel cough and other vaccines) may be appropriate based on the pet’s particular needs.
Many of these diseases can be fatal to your pet. Preventing them is far easier and less expensive than treatment.
I found injured and/or orphaned wildlife, what should I do?
If the animal is not in immediate distress, please review Medicine River Wildlife Centre’s website at First Aid – Medicine River Wildlife Centre for step-by-step instruction. If the animal is in distress, please contact their hospital at (403) 728-3467 before handling the animal. We work closely with this organization and will provide immediate stabilization at no charge if you are directed to seek veterinary care by the rehabilitation center or if you cannot get through to the hospital.