For your beloved companion, we offer many health care services for a longer, healthier life. Talk to us to discover how our services can benefit you and your pet.
Full physical examinations, risk assessment and discussion of any health problems your pet may have are always offered by appointment with one of our veterinarians. Our pets age much more rapidly than we do with a life span of only 10 to 20 years. For this reason, examination of each pet on annual basis is very important. This is the opportunity to keep a check on subtle problems such as weight control, dental disease and arthritis. It is also the perfect time to discuss any concerns that you may have such as behaviour changes that may be an indication of more serious underlying issues such diabetes, urinary stones, or chronic kidney disease to name just a few.
As our pets become geriatric (around 8 years of age), the physical examination becomes even more important. At this point, pets should have a complete physical examination every 6 months to keep abreast of subtle changes which are often indicative of more serious problems. Early detection is important since the course of many of the diseases can be changed either through diet or medication. Thus, early detection can extend your pet's life as well as improve the quality of life.
Early detection of disease is the best means of changing its course. Blood work and radiographs (x-rays) are recommended, especially for geriatric patients, to help find hidden problems. The blood work can screen for problems of the thyroid gland, liver, pancreas and kidneys as well as diabetes and blood disorders such as anemia and leukemia. Radiographs of the chest and abdomen can provide additional information about underlying heart problems, bladder stones, cancer, etc. Early detection allows an appropriate course of action in order to slow the progress of the disease and any secondary complications.
Complete ultrasonic scaling and cleaning both above and below the gum line are provided for good oral hygiene and the long term health of your pet. Just like us, our pets get dental tartar buildup and periodontal disease. Untreated tooth and gum disease is not only painful for your pet, but also allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This can lead to damage to the heart, lungs, persistent urinary infections or other organ damage shortening the life of your pet. Remember, dental disease is not static! It only gets worse with time when not properly addressed. You are your pet's best defense against dental disease. Daily brushing and periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian will help keep your pet's teeth clean and healthy.
Chiropractic and complementary medicine
Chiropractic: This physical treatment modality is indicated for animals who show decreased performance with movement that does not respond to regular veterinary care, that reoccurs when they are still on medication or after they have been taken off medication. Examples of commonly responsive problems are limping, difficulty jumping, back or neck pain, decreased ability to go on walks, difficulties with stairs & problems with lying down or getting up. Complementary Medicine:
Non-drug treatments that may aid animals with chronic non-life threatening problems like allergies or arthritis may improve the quality of life for some animals. A common approach to this methodology is to educate pet owners as to the management options available to them that may complement already existing therapies. Nutrion changes, supplements or alternative treatments like homeopathy may all be considered. Commonly only a few visits are needed to evaluate the potential for success with this approach as animals that do respond usually do so within a period of months.
Small Mammal Pets
We can help with the medical and surgical needs of small mammal pets such as ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and rodents.
To protect your companion from contagious diseases a vaccination program will be set up to meet your pet's individual life style needs. Individual risk assessment is an important part of your pet's annual exam. For instance indoor cats have different exposure risks than do outdoor cats and, therefore, should have a different vaccine program. At your pet's annual exam the veterinarian will ask a series of questions to help define your pet's life style and which diseases pose a risk to your pet's health. Many of these often devastating diseases are easily spread and do not need direct animal to animal contact. Your pet's best protection is prevention through vaccination.
Any animal receiving medication on a long term basis needs to have an examination more frequent examinations and routine blood screening. This helps us to monitor the efficacy of your pets medication and to assess for potentially harmful side effects. In addition, many of the diseases are not static in that your pets' needs can and often do change. The required dosage of medication may change as your pet ages. Other diseases such as dental disease, urinary infection or hormonal diseases may also impact the dosage of medication needed to treat the primary disease. For example, dental disease and urinary tract infection can increase the required dosage of insulin needed by a diabetic pet. By addressing the other problems, we can help better control the primary disease which in turn will increase both the life span and quality of life. For this reason, frequent examinations are critical to maintain the long term health of your pet.
We offer not only routine surgeries such as spays and neuters, but also more advanced surgeries (i.e. tumour removal, cranial cruciate ligament repair) to meet your pet's medical needs.
Radiograph (X-ray) services are available in house. This may include chest, abdomen, hips, spine etc., just to name a few and depends on your pet's individual needs. We also offer PennHip and OFA certification radiographic services for hip and elbow dysplasia.
We have in house testing available to meet emergency needs for results within hours. We also work with several commercial laboratories to provide services such as non-emergency blood testing, veterinary consultation, pathology, and microbiology.
We offer critical care for patients requiring a higher level of medical management such in intravenous fluids and antibiotic therapy. However, we do not provide 24 hour monitoring (staff are not on site after office hours).
Proper nutrition is an important aspect of your pet's medical management. We offer veterinary quality pet food to ensure proper nutrition for the long term health of your pet. We can tailor a diet to meet your pet's needs not only during growth and adulthood maintenance, but also to help control specific problems. Nutritional therapy can help slow the progress of serious heart, kidney and joint disease as well as control some urinary and intestinal problems. Consult with us for a nutritional recommendation to help maintain the long term health of your pet.
Pet Care: Grooming and Boarding
Boarding is available for our patients. It is particularly important for patients such as diabetic pets that require that extra bit of care. Grooming services are also provided to meet your pet care needs.