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What to Expect When Visiting Our Hospital

Before coming in, it is always good to call us first in case we are at capacity due to the nature of how an ER hospital works, and our walk-in General Practice services. This will also allow us to ask important questions that will help us be better prepared for your arrival.

Upon your arrival, it is important that our staff gathers as much information as possible about the nature of your pet’s visit. Generally, a Client Care Representative will greet you at the door, and ask a few questions to assess your pet’s condition to determine if the case is life threatening. We always strive to see each case as quickly as possible, however our triage process is intended to ensure we see the most urgent cases first when multiple patients arrive at our hospital. This means that if your pet’s condition is not critical, you may have to wait awhile longer for service, which is no different than how you would be treated at a human hospital’s ER. Simply stated, a pet needing CPR should be seen before a pet with a minor incision or torn nail.

  • After triage, a member of our support staff may notify you that your pet needs to be seen right away. We will also ask you some important questions and discuss any additional information we believe is necessary to properly treat your pet.
  • Once we have evaluated your pet’s condition, we will provide treatment recommendations, answer any questions you may have, and give you a written estimate (treatment plan) of what it will cost to treat your pet. In order to facilitate this part of the process we accept a wide range of payment options including financing through Paybright.

Last updated: October 5, 2021

NOTICE: OUR HOURS OF OPERATION HAVE TEMPORARILY CHANGED. We are working hard to serve you better and improve our practice. We sincerely appreciate your patience, kindness, and understanding during this time while we battle the COVID-19 Pandemic, in addition to our hospital renovations, and staff shortages.

SUNDAY to WEDNESDAY: 24- HOUR URGENT CARE SERVICES AVAILABLE
----- NO 24- HOUR URGENT CARE SERVICES THURSDAY to SATURDAY -----

WALK-IN ONLY SERVICES FOR ALL OTHER NON-URGENT MEDICAL NEEDS.
PLEASE NOTE: APPOINTMENT BOOKINGS WILL RECOMMENCE NOV 1, 2021.
Walk-in clinic hours:  MONDAY TO FRIDAY: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
SATURDAY: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (RETAIL & PHARMACY ONLY)
-- No Veterinarians available on Saturdays --

Our #1 concern is keeping both you and your pets safe.  We have implemented the Alberta Health Services Guidelines at the McKnight 24-Hour Veterinary Hospital in an effort to keep you safe. At this time, clients are required to wait outside by the hospital entrance, where a Client Care Representative will be greeting you and collecting vital information about your pet to be admitted to triage. CLIENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

For urgent medical help outside of our hours, please contact:

1. Fish Creek Hospital - (403) 873-1700
2. Western Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Centre - (403) 770 -1340
3. VCA Canada CARE Centre - (403) 520-8387
4. Southern Alberta Veterinary Emergency - (403) 995-3270

For non- urgent care outside of our hours, please contact:

1. Edgemont Veterinary Clinic - (403) 239-4657
2. Airdrie Animal Clinic - (403) 948-3619