Medical Services

If your pet needs medical assistance, you can feel confident turning to us. Our knowledgeable staff and modern facilities are equipped to handle a wide variety of medical conditions, including emergencies. Because we can perform many diagnostic procedures in-house, we can often give you immediate answers and start treating your pet faster. In some cases, your pet may require hospitalization and further diagnostic tests. Please take a look at the more detailed descriptions of medical services we offer, or call us to discuss your pet’s needs.

Oral Health

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The best way to prevent the development in dental disease is by brushing your pets teeth.

Most of us do not look into our pet’s mouth often, but when we do we can find some pretty scary stuff. According to the American Veterinary Dental society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of three. Dental disease is by far the most frequently diagnosed health problem in our pets. Common signs of oral disease include tartar build up, red or swollen gums and bad breath. Occasionally changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face, pain and generalized depression might be seen. More commonly however, our pets do not exhibit any change in behaviour or daily activities. This is why dental disease can creep up on our pets and before we know it is in its advance stages.

Dental Disease

Dental disease is not confined to the oral cavity. Oral health plays a large role in the overall health of your pet. Because the mouth is very vascular, bacteria surrounding the teeth can easily enter the bloodstream. Circulating bacteria can cause serious kidney infections and kidney failure, liver disease, lung disease, and heart disease. Since dental disease is largely hidden beneath the gum line, we use digital dental X-ray to help us identify problems that are not visible on exam alone. By exposing possible concerns, we have a better chance of addressing the complete oral health of your pet.

Oral Care

Good oral hygiene habits are helpful in preventing dental disease. Early disease can often be reversed with routine dental care at home. We will discuss options for appropriate home dental care for your pet. More advanced periodontal disease may require professional dental cleaning (prophylaxis) in the hospital. This is performed under general anesthetic to eliminate the bacteria and tartar build up that has accumulated. Following dental cleaning, our knowledgeable staff will work with you to develop a manageable homecare strategy for your pet.

Some degree of dental disease (periodontal disease) in pets is inevitable, but without preventive care your pet can quickly accelerate through the stages of oral disease. We are equipped to help your pet with their dental needs whether it be oral surgery and extractions or advice on how to maintain your pet’s dental health at home.

Diagnostic Imaging

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Radiology

Digital x-rays are one form of diagnostic imaging that we are able to offer onsite. X-ray’s are used alone or in combination with other diagnostic tools to give us a clearer picture of what is happening inside your pet. X-rays give us a two dimensional image of your pet which can provide critical information about your pet’s body systems including their heart, thorax, abdomen, gastrointestinal system and bones.

Using the knowledge we get from x-rays, we are able to address your pet’s specific needs quickly. We offer digital x-rays on site and in most situations our veterinarians will be able to interpret the findings while you wait.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses sounds waves to provide a non-invasive image of the thoracic and abdominal cavities. In some cases, abnormalities can be biopsied using ultrasound guidance in order to achieve a diagnosis. Ultrasound is painless and patients tolerate the procedure well. Just like with x-rays, the information gathered is used to come up with a treatment plan that best suits the needs of your pet.

Bloodwork

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Blood testing is a quick and easy tool used to detect and/or confirm illness in our pets. There are many tests available from basic screening tests to more involved blood profiles. Just as in people, annual screening with a basic complete blood count (CBC) and biochemical profile may be used as a way to manage your pet’s health.

A CBC is used to screen for anemia, inflammation or infection. Basic biochemical profiles help to provide information about your pet’s kidneys, liver and can help to screen for endocrine diseases such as Cushing’s disease and diabetes. Thyroid tests are also commonly run to detect the presence of thyroid-related illnesses commonly seen in aging pets.

Dermatology (Skin)

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Your pet’s skin and coat says a lot about their overall health and changes in your pets coat quality and texture may be indicative of an underlying problem. Maybe you’ve noticed them scratching more, missing hair patches, or having an oily coat or foul smell. Dermatological (skin) disorders are extremely common in our pets. Some skin diseases are very easy to diagnose and treat, while others are more complicated and require extensive dedication and follow-up by you, the pet owner, and our veterinary team.

Our veterinarians will assess your pet and take the necessary steps to make them comfortable, while focusing on the underlying cause of the problem. Skin disorders can be caused by a combination of issues and require a coordinated treatment plan.

Skin Infections

There are many reasons why skin infections occur in pets. Problems may arise because of ectoparasites (such as fleas, ticks, mites, or lice) or because of an abundance of bacteria or yeast growth on your pet’s skin. Skin infections are often noted at home because of a ‘funny’ or because your pet seems sensitive to the touch or is scratching him or herself. Our veterinary team will assess your pet and perform a few diagnostic tests. Generally a culture swab or skin scraping is required to properly diagnose and subsequently treat your pet.

Allergies

Our pets can suffer from allergies too! They react by itching, scratching, chewing and rubbing. Often allergies can affect your pet’s ears. People often think that their pets have an ear infection when in fact, they may be suffering from allergies. There are many things that we can do to alleviate your pet’s discomfort, but finding out how to manage their symptoms is the key for long term success.