Wellness exams and vaccinations
We recommend a yearly general wellness exam on your pet. During this visit, we can discuss preventative care, parasite prevention and treatment, and ensure that vaccines are up to date. All puppies and kittens need to have vaccines and their booster vaccinations to build up their own antibodies to prevent them from becoming infected with many serious and life-threatening diseases. Puppies and kittens are also very prone to having parasites that they may have picked up from their mother and litter mates. At their vaccine appointments, we will discuss and treat parasites so your new pet can grow up free from the stress of parasites.
In-house blood work
We understand the importance of having quick and reliable blood work results. Our in-house lab will provide us values relating to your pet’s red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, blood glucose, proteins, electrolytes, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and thyroid. Having in-house bloodwork allows us to work towards a diagnosis and treatment plan, and to make sure your pet appears healthy enough before surgery by running pre-anesthetic bloodwork.
Digital radiology allows us to have the images we need of your pet without the wait of chemically processing films. Another great advantage of digital radiology is that with complex cases we can email the radiographs to a board certified radiologist.
Making the decision to let your loved one go is never an easy one to make. Our staff understands the difficulty and hurt of when it is your pet’s time, and we are there to support you through it. We offer general cremation and private cremations. If you have questions regarding on when to make that decision or about the process, please phone us and we can discuss it with you.
Dental health is extremely important to your pets’ overall health. Without regular care, such as brushing, tartar and bacteria builds up along your pet’s teeth and under the gingiva (gums). This build up can lead to further disease, such as the bacteria entering your pet’s bloodstream, abscesses (infection), and even bone loss of the jaw around the teeth.
General anesthetic is needed to properly assess each tooth, take dental radiographs, and to fully clean the teeth. Fully cleaning the teeth includes all surfaces of the tooth (even the side that faces the tongue) and very importantly below the gingiva margin (gum line). Just cleaning the tartar on the outside surface of the teeth without getting below the gingiva makes the mouth appear more cosmetic but misses out on other important aspects of dental health, and may mask more serious problems.
Spaying & Neutering
Spaying and neutering are surgeries that will stop your pet from being able to reproduce. There are other health benefits associated with spaying and neutering. By spaying your female dogs or cats, they are at less risk of developing pyometra (an infection in the uterus), aggressive mammary cancer, and other cancers associated with the reproductive tract. Advantages of neutering your male dogs or cats include decreasing the chance of spraying behaviour, wandering, and eliminating the risk of testicular cancer.
Endoscopy uses a flexible tube with a light and camera as a non-invasive way for us to examine your pet’s trachea, esophagus, and stomach. Endoscopy is performed under general anesthesia. With endoscopy, we can take biopsies (tissue samples) and potentially retrieve foreign bodies depending on their size and location.
Soft tissue surgery
Sometimes animals will get lumps or masses either in their skin or underneath that you might come across while petting or grooming them. Surgery can be done to remove these lumps, and they can then be sent to a pathologist who will examine the lump and determine what it is. By sending the lump off to the pathologist, we learn if it was benign or malignant, and if the lump was fully removed.
Unfortunately, pets may eat something that they shouldn’t have and the object(s) may be in the stomach or intestines, and surgery is needed to remove the objects.
Just like us, dogs and cats may need surgery for their bones, ligaments, and joints. We are able to repair luxated patellas (displaced kneecap), torn cruciate ligaments, and fractures of bones needing pins and bone plates. These surgeries help your pet live a more comfortable life without being in as much pain or lame.
Boarding kennels with access to outdoor runs are offered at our facility. During the winter months, the floors are heated to help keep your pet warm. We do require that your pet is up to date on all vaccines including Bordetella (Kennel Cough) if they will be staying with us.