- Oral and Dental Care
- Anesthetic Safety
- Spays and Neuters
- Pet euthanasia
- On Site Pharmacy
- On Site Laboratory
- To provide the initial protection for a full year, at least two vaccinations will be required
- All pets should be kept in following the period of initial vaccinations.
- Regular booster vaccinations are essential to maintain immunity.
Dogs – Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus & Parainfluenza.
Cats – Infectious Enteritis, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (flu) & Rabies.
Your pet’s dental health is an important part of his overall health. Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats in the world. Dental health problems can lead to more serious conditions such as infections and heart or kidney disease. Many pets with untreated dental disease suffer from chronic pain and premature aging (often acting older than they should). Some symptoms which can indicate serious dental problems include bad breath, plaque build-up, gum irritation and redness, loose teeth, tooth discoloration and swelling in the jaw area. We recommend regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats.
We recommend these procedures at least annually starting at age one. In addition to regular exams and cleanings, there are some things you can and should do to help promote good dental health in your pet. Feeding you pet a hard, kibble-type pet food, providing appropriate chew toys and brushing his teeth are just a few ways to keep your pet’s teeth healthy in between professional cleanings.
Dental disease can be easily prevented by visiting your veterinarian regularly for dental examinations and cleanings.
If surgery is suggested, you can feel comfortable knowing that our clinic only administers anesthesia in the utmost safe and cautious manner.
All patients receiving general anesthesia must have pre-surgical blood work which provides a vital check on the health of a patient and determines whether they are an appropriate candidate for surgery. Testing allows us to diagnose and treat previously undetected medical problems and also can assist us in determining the appropriate anesthetic. Depending on the urgency of the condition, abnormalities are addressed, drug selections are modified and in some cases surgeries may be delayed or even cancelled until the veterinarian is comfortable that the procedure is safe to administer.
Your pet’s safety is always our primary concern whenever anesthesia is involved. Our veterinarians tailor the anesthetic procedure to fit the needs of each patient. Your pet’s vital signs are monitored during general anesthesia and continuously throughout the surgical process including blood pressure, oxygen level in the blood, heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature.
Spaying or neutering your pet can help him live a longer, healthier life, minimizes behavior problems and helps control the population of unwanted pets. Spaying or neutering your pet eliminates unwanted litters, which contributes to thousands of euthanasia procedures and millions of stray animals.
Spaying is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries and uterus are completely removed from your female pet. Also called an “ovariohysterectomy”, the surgery is performed while your pet is under general anesthesia. There are many benefits associated with spaying your pet including decreased incidence of aggressive behavior, reduced risk of breast cancer, uterine infection and ovarian/uterine cancers. It can also help alleviate the burden of pet overpopulation. Additionally, research has shown that pets that have been spayed live longer than pets that have not been spayed.
Neutering involves the removal of both testicles from your male pet. Also referred to as “castration”, it’s a minor surgical procedure that’s done while your pet is under general anesthesia. There are many benefits associated with neutering your pet including decreased incidence of aggressive behavior, reduced risk of certain infectious diseases, testicular and prostate gland cancers and infections and enlargement of the prostate gland.
One of the most common and valuable medical diagnostic tools is radiography or x-rays. X-rays are highly useful for screening areas of the body that have contrasting tissue densities or when evaluating solid tissues. Our clinic is equipped to perform routine radiology services to identify many types of illness or injury when pets are sick or suffer a trauma.
X-rays can be used to detect a variety of ailments including arthritis, different forms of cancers, lung diseases including pneumonia, bladder and kidney stones, as well as evaluate bone damage, organ integrity and identify foreign objects that may have been ingested. Dental radiographs will help to distinguish between healthy teeth and any of which need to be extracted, and identify any abnormalities beneath the gums including root damage, tumors and abscesses.
Our skilled veterinarians will take x-rays as a part of a diagnostic procedure if your pet is experiencing any health conditions or as preventive measure in a routine senior wellness
A lot of pets become lost every day, and Microchip Identification is the one reliable way to reunite these lost pets with their owners. The procedure is safe, easy, inexpensive, and practically painless.
The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a tiny metallic “bar code” surrounded by an inert membrane which makes it non-reactive when it is placed under the skin. The microchip is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades with a hypodermic-type syringe. Although the needle itself is larger than those used for vaccinations, the chip itself has no sting, so most pets don’t seem to notice any more than any other injection. Once the chip is in place, it should be there for the life of the pet.
If the pet becomes lost, all animal care facilities (shelters, veterinary hospitals, centres, etc) will scan the pet for a microchip, using a special microchip reader that is simply waved over the skin. These scanners are very reliable and easy to use. Once a microchip is found, a special hotline is called, and the lost pet is reported. The pet owner is then called immediately and given the contact information about where to pick up their pet. In most cases the pet owner is on the way to pick up their pet within 5 minutes of the pet being scanned.
Regardless of the type of chip, every pet should have microchip ID. Some owners feel that their pet doesn’t need identification because it is always in the house, but in our experience these are the most likely pets to become lost when they get outside by accident. Industry figures claim that 8,000 pets every day are located and returned home because they have a microchip; your pet should be protected!
The decision to euthanize a beloved pet is one of the hardest choices faced by a pet owner. Our team is here to assist you when a comfortable lifestyle for your pet is unlikely and euthanasia becomes the most compassionate alternative to relieve your pet’s pain and discomfort. The procedure involves an intravenous injection of a specially formulated barbiturate anesthetic given at a high concentration or what is considered to be an overdose. The doctor will ensure that the breathing and pulses have halted. The euthanasia is very quick and peaceful and will cause no distress to the patient.
Pet loss can be very challenging, and there are pet loss support groups available throughout the country. If you have specific questions or concerns about euthanasia or you would like more information regarding the diagnosis or treatment of your pet’s disease, please contact our veterinarians.
Skin problems are among the primary reasons to bring a pet into the veterinarian. A veterinary dermatologist’s concentration is upon the diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the ears, skin, mouth, hair, and nails, in addition to allergic disorders in pets. While a general veterinarian can identify and treat a variety of common skin conditions, certain diseases and injuries require the care of a doctor who has had specialized training in dermatology in order to ensure your pet receives the optimal level of care.
No matter breed-type or size, any dog or cat can be susceptible to the risk dermatologic problems and may require the help of a specialist. These include skin problems associated with allergies, skin cancers, parasite infections, infectious diseases, systemic diseases, hormonal diseases, nail diseases and ear infections.
An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure that enables an in-depth view of your pet’s organs. Many times x-rays, which reveal the size, dimensions and position of the organ, will be utilized in combination with an ultrasound. The ultrasound allows for the evaluation of internal organs and is a highly useful in evaluating heart conditions (referred to as echocardiogram), detecting alterations in abdominal organs and assisting in the recognition of cysts and tumors. With the ability for real-time monitoring, ultrasounds are also utilized for pregnancy diagnosis and development monitoring.
No anesthesia or sedation is necessary to administer an ultrasound on the heart or the abdomen if your pet is cooperative. With the ability to obtain real time information, the outcome can be evaluated right away.
Having convenient and immediate access to the many preventive and therapeutic medicines at our clinic ensures pets can start recommended medications right away. If you need to refill medication, our staff will authorize your refill and prepare it for you to pick up, often eliminating the need to call or pick-up from a pharmacy. The convenience of seeing your pet’s doctor and being able to pick up your pet’s prescription medication on a single visit reduces the time and cost you may incur both on the original visit and any future medication refill visits.
The need of quickly testing blood, urine and body tissue samples to direct and confirm the diagnosis prompt us to equip our lab with the latest technology, including vet station lab (VSL), Leica digital microscopy, Idexx Lasercyte complete blood count and biochemistry machines, urine automated analyser and a wide range of one-step tests for chlamydia, distemper, parvovirus, feline leukemia, FIV, etc.