Payment is required at the time of service. For a more complete explanation of our payment policy and payment options, visit the payment tab.
Appointments are required through booking online or by calling our office. Walk-ins may not be accommodated unless there is time in the schedule. A non-urgent issue may be booked for a time later in the day or on a different day. We are not an emergency hospital but do set aside time during our regular schedule to accommodate urgent care or emergency situations. Priority for urgent care visits are for existing regular clients of CVS. We are not obligated to see non-clients for urgent or emergency care. In some instances, you may be asked to drop off the patient and an RVT will triage the situation. In the event that we are at capacity for the day, we may refer you to our sister hospital, provided there is space, or the emergency hospital. At times, the demand for veterinary care can be very high in our region, and we work very hard to meet this demand.
We understand that life happens and sometimes appointments need to be rescheduled. We ask that you give 24 hours notice if possible. For chronic no-shows and chronic last-minute cancellations, we reserve the right to require a deposit for booking future appointments at our discretion. We may request a deposit for surgical procedures in some cases.
Prescriptions and Refills
Medications can only be dispensed with an active Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCRP) as by law (Veterinarians Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. V.3) If we have not examined your pet within a 12 month period, we can not prescribe medications including flea, tick and heartworm medications. All refills need to be approved by a veterinarian. Please give 48 hrs for in clinic refills and 5 days for compounded or special orders. Special order items and compounded medications require prepayment as these are formulated for your pet and can not be returned. Prescriptions made to a human pharmacy will be charged a fee for the time needed to confirm the prescription with the human pharmacist to ensure patient safety. Refill requests to a human pharmacy will also be charged a fee for the time required for the veterinarian to thoroughly review the medical file and to contact the human pharmacy.
We request that you bring your dog on a leash (extendable leashes are not recommended) and your cat in a carrier for your pet's safety. Some patients can be very anxious at the hospital and may display fearful or aggressive behaviour in these situations. Many of our team members are Fear Free Certified and our hospital practices Fear Free techniques. Some of these practices may include prescribing an anti-anxiety medication prior to your pet's visit or administering a sedative for certain procedures such as sample collection or nail trims. To find out more about the Free Fear movement in veterinary medicine, visit Fear Free Pets If you have an anxious pet, please advise our staff when booking an appointment ahead of time so we can suggest strategies prior to coming in.
Respect and Kindness
Our team members are expected to treat clients and their co-workers with kindness and respect. We therefore ask that clients do the same. Rude, aggressive or disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated and individuals that may display inappropriate or aggressive behaviour will be asked to leave. We reserve the right to terminate our relationship with such individuals and/or refuse services. We do not discriminate based on colour, nationality, sex, gender or race.