Pet Services

The Foundation of Your Pet’s Health

At Manning Veterinary Clinic we know a healthy pet is a happy pet. That’s why we use a personalized approach to high-quality pet wellness care based on your pet’s age, breed, and lifestyle. We recommend annual wellness examinations, because is the prime opportunity to detect health problems and issues in their early stages. There is a far greater likelihood these problems can be treated with less difficulty, less expense, and greater success when detected early. The veterinary team at Manning Veterinary Clinic truly believes that preventative medicine is the best medicine.

Annual wellness examinations are also Dr. McCracken’s opportunity to assess your pet’s overall health, discuss any changes with you, educate and update you on advancements in medical care, and for you to discuss any concerns of questions you have.


Your Pet’s Health at Every Age and Stage

During an annual exam, Dr. McCracken will discuss with you your pet’s normal behaviour, appetite and physical exercise requirements, any changes in health, and address any concerns you may have. Dr. McCracken will complete a full physical exam to assess your pet’s:
– Assess your pet’s heart and evaluate cardiac function
– Examine your pet’s respiratory system
– Check your pet’s vision and examine the eyes
– Examine your pet’s ears infection, ear mites, allergic reaction, and other related health issues
– Inspect your pet’s skin for growth developments
– Examine your pet’s teeth, throat, and oral cavity
– Palpate your pet’s abdomen & lymph nodes
– Test your pet’s reflexes
– Palpate your pet’s joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
– Assess changes in your pet’s body weight, appetite, urination, and bowel habits
– Inquire as to your pet’s activity level
– Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet’s health since the last wellness visit
– Discuss preventative techniques with you
– Answer your questions and concerns
After the exam is complete, we are better able to provide you with recommendations to keep your pet as healthy as possible.

For information on the Wellness Plans that we offer, please click here

Preventative Medicine Begins at Home

At home, watch for subtle changes in your pet’s body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, general attitude and activity level. Should your pet exhibit any changes or signs of potential illness, please don’t wait. Call our clinic for an appointment right away.


An important part in maintaining your pet's health is to ensure they are protected against infectious diseases and parasites. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Dr. McCracken will assist you in deciding which preventative measures are necessary for you pet and tailor your vaccine protocol based on his or her age, lifestyle, your local conditions, and any up-coming travel plans.
Your pet's vaccine schedule is balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating. Please contact us for more information about our vaccination protocols and why they are best for your pet.

Essential Vaccines for your Adult Dog and Puppy
Distemper Vaccine (DAPv): This vaccine combination protects against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.
Rabies: Rabies virus is a fatal disease that affects all warm-blooded animals (including humans!).
Other Vaccines for Dogs
Bordetella ("Kennel Cough"): the bordetella bacteria is a contagious upper respiratory infection. Kennels, dog shows, or doggy daycare facilities typically require that dogs be vaccinated for this bacteria.
Essential Vaccines for your Adult Cat or Kitten
HCPCH: this vaccine combination protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and chlamydia.
Rabies: Rabies virus is a fatal disease that affects all warm-blooded animals (including humans!).

Two of the most common types of worms in our area are roundworms and tapeworms and these digestive tract worms can trigger symptoms such as weight loss and diarrhea. If an infestation is bad enough, worms can cause intestinal irritation and/or impaction. Dr. McCracken recommends that pets are given a de-wormer every 6 months, however, depending on their lifestyle and living situation, the need for de-worming could be more or less frequent.

Heartworm Disease: While not a concern in northern Alberta, it is a serious, life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitos that affects dogs, and to lesser extent cats. Clinical symptoms develop slowly and include a lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing and difficulty breathing. We recommend testing your dog if you have traveled outside of Alberta (including southern BC, southern Saskatchewan and the continental USA) without Heartworm protection. Fortunately, Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. If you would like to find out more information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, or if you would like your pet tested for Heartworm disease, please call Manning Veterinary Clinic today for an appointment.

Fleas & Ticks: also not as large of a concern in northern Alberta, these little parasites can pose some risks to your pet. If you travel to southern Alberta or outside of Alberta during the warmer months of the year you should brush and check your dog after being outside. If a tick is attached to your dog's skin, it needs to be carefully removed and the affected bite area washed. Please consult Dr. McCracken if you are concerned about fleas or ticks.

Proper nutrition is an important aspect of your pet's overall good wealth - it is also the easiest for you to control.

Feeding your pet the highest-quality food that you can afford is one of the best ways you can contribute to the health of your pet.. While it is not always apparent on the label, the differences between premium and budget varieties of food is often in the quality of the ingredients. Both may contain similar amounts and types of proteins, but may be very different when it comes to digestibility and nutritional value. Making the best nutritional choice for your pet not only affects their general health, but will also improve the quality and length of your pet's life.

Dr. McCracken can perform a body condition evaluation of your pet and give recommendations. We can also provide you with information on proper serving size, nutrient requirements, and feeding strategies for your pet. We will also help you understand pet food claims so you can make the most informed decision.

We carry both the Royal Canin and Purina Veterinary Diets maintenance diets:
Puppy | Large-breed Puppy | Adult | Large-breed Adult | Mature | Senior
We are also able to order a variety of other pet food brands, including Acana, Prescription Hills and Science Diet.

Some pets suffer from chronic conditions (such as skin issues or allergies) nutritional challenges and may benefit from a prescription diet. When this is the case, Dr. McCracken may recommend a prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet's overall health and well-being.

Prescription diets benefit a number of medical conditions:
Overweight or Obese animals | Diabetes | Food allergies | Digestive problems | Liver disease | Bladder and kidney disease

If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet. It is important to be able to identify the signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions in your pet. These include:
- Bumps, crusts, or pus filled vesicles on the skin
- Head shaking
- Loss of hair
- Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
- Scratching, licking, chewing, or biting the skin, feet, and ears
- Increased skin pigmentation
- Thickened skin
These symptoms may indicate a serious dermatological condition or allergy reaction to such things as fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. If your pet experiences any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to have him or her seen by Dr. McCracken. She will evaluate your pet, explain the condition, determine an effective method of treatment, and discuss with you how to prevent future episodes.

Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve. This is followed by a loss of vision and blindness. Glaucoma, which can be hereditary or the result of injury or illness, can lead to a loss of vision and blindness so early detection and prevention is important. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency. Your pets eyes are important! Contact the Manning Veterinary Clinic if your pet is experiencing any of the following symptoms or eyes appear to be:
- Bulging
- Red
- Excessive tearing
- Producing discharge
- Sensitive to light
- Painful
- Appear cloudy
Rapid changes in your pet’s eyes is considered an emergency situation and should be addresses as immediately as possible. A complete eye exam is a non-invasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. It is an effective screening measure for glaucoma and can also help set a baseline measurement of your pet’s normal eye measurements.

Despite your best efforts, pets can simply become sick. Because animals cannot tell you what’s wrong – sometimes even hiding the pain – a veterinarian should provide a full medical exam to diagnose and effectively treat your pet. Dr. McCracken, supported by state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, can identify and effectively treat a range of complex and internal medicine diseases.
We love puppies and kitties! Dr. McCracken and staff can provide you with information and assistance through all phases of the breeding process. We provide the following reproductive medical services for your pet: pregnancy checks caesarian sections pre- and post-natal care vaginal cytology
As a subscriber of IDEXX Telemedicine, Dr. McCracken is able to send laboratory samples and radiographs to veterinary providers who are specialists in their fields. Just another way that we are able to provide the most advanced care to our patients!