MEDICAL SERVICES

If your pet needs medical assistance, you can feel confident that our professional staff can assist in your pet’s diagnosis.  We are qualified to provide the highest quality veterinary services.

We offer the following medical services:

Examinations

Your pet’s eyes, ears, skin, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal and skeletal system are examined for any abnormalities during the physical examination.  Other tests such as blood tests and urine tests may be required to assess your pet’s condition.  Blood and urine tests help the veterinarian assess the proper functioning of your pet’s kidneys, pancreas, liver, and endocrine system including the thyroid and adrenal glands.  Other procedures that may be recommended are x-rays, ultrasound, or surgery, but these all depend on what medical condition your pet may have.

Dentistry

Dental cleanings are important to your pet’s overall health.  Dental disease can cause bad breath, discomfort when chewing, inflamed and/or bleeding gums, and extreme sensitivity.  Dental disease left untreated causes loss of teeth, irreversible periodontal disease, and can cause more serious complications such as kidney disease and heart disease (a result from dental bacterial infection).

Grade 1
Dental Disease

Gums remain healthy, calculus (tartar) accumulation is visible on teeth.

Grade 2
Dental Disease

Moderate gum inflammation and bleeding. Build up of bacteria causing bad breath.

Grade 3
Dental Disease

Severe inflammation of the gums, deep pocket formation, repulsive breath odour.

Grade 4
Dental Disease

Pocket formation, tooth mobility and severe damage to the gums. Overwhelming breath odor due to the bacterial infection.

Some common signs of dental disease with your pet are:

  • tartar buildup
  • bad breath
  • changes in eating or chewing
  • red and swollen gums
  • pawing or rubbing face

We are equipped with state-of-the-art dental radiology.

Dental x-rays are beneficial to your pet’s dental procedures because they enable the veterinarian to measure the degree of tooth bone loss and show lesions above and below the gum line.  Our staff are able to show you the amount of bone loss around your pet’s tooth, or a resorption that has “eaten away” the tooth’s root and extract just the teeth that are damaged.  Without dental x-rays, teeth that could be saved may be extracted, where dental x-rays save all your pet’s health teeth.

To alleviate your pet’s discomfort and to prevent the bacterial infection from affecting their overall health, call us to schedule a dental cleaning or arrange an appointment to discuss this further.  We can also assist in suggesting ways to prevent dental disease which will be beneficial to your pet’s health and minimize costly dental procedures.

Periodontal disease is broken up into two types: gingivitis and periodontitis.  Gingivitis is the less serious type. It is the initial, reversible stage in which the inflammation is confined to the gums (gingiva).  This inflammation may be reversed by a dental cleaning and home-care (brushing). Gingivitis, if left untreated, may progress to periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the more advanced irreversible stage in which the inflammation affects the bone and soft tissues (supporting structures) of the tooth resulting in their destruction.  While it is irreversible, it is possible to arrest its progression with proper professional therapy and home care.

In addition to brushing, other preventatives include, giving chew toys, oral rinses, healthy dental treats and dental diets.

Radiology

As in human hospitals, x-rays are a vital tool in diagnosing disorders and treating patients.  X-rays enable the veterinarian to assess your pet’s bones, stomach, intestines, colon, heart, lungs, prostate, and bladder thereby identifying a list of possible conditions causing your pet’s medical concerns.  Fractured bones, tumors, heartworm detection, obstructions, and foreign bodies are a few conditions that your veterinarian can observe on an x-ray.

When taking an x-ray, a beam passes through your pet’s body and hits a piece of radiographic film.  X-rays are not only used for broken bones.  Images on an x-ray appear as various shades of grey and depending on how much each body part absorbs the x-rays determines the shade.  Bones absorb more x-rays and appear as light grey and soft tissue such as lungs, absorb less x-rays and appear darker.

Pets must remain still when an x-ray is taken, so the veterinarian may suggest sedating or the use of a short-acting general anesthesia.

Ask us what to expect during x-rays or any other questions that you may have.  We are all happy to assist in any way possible.

Dermatology (Skin)

Dermatology is the study of skin and skin disease.  Skin problems are common in both cats and dogs and can be difficult to treat.  Your veterinarian can often diagnose skin issues during an exam.  Some treatment that our veterinarians may prescribe are oral treatments, externally applied topical ointments, sprays, shampoos, and injected medications.

Some causes of skin problems are:

  • allergies
  • infections
  • parasites such as fleas and mites
  • hormonal disorders

Some skin problems will require additional diagnostics such as blood tests, urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies.  More complex cases, may require a dermatologist specialist which our team can refer you to.

Contact us if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if your pet develops any bare patches (loss of hair) , scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.

Tonometry

Your pet’s vision is very important.  It is beneficial to detect and treat any problems with your pet’s eyes immediately.  Using a tonometer, your veterinarian can diagnose glaucoma and other eye infections by measuring your pet’s eye pressure.  This is done safety and easily, without sedating your pet.  If untreated, these diseases could cause blindness.

Common signs of eye problems are:

  • dilated (enlarged) pupils
  • clouding of the cornea (outer layer of the eye)
  • squinting or excessive tearing
  • red or bloodshot eyes
  • one eye protruding or appears larger than the other
  • rubbing or pawing at eyes (or against floor or furniture)

Glaucoma is painful to pets and if not treated immediately can cause permanent vision loss.  If your pet has had any eye injuries, they should be tested.  As well, many breeds are prone to developing glaucoma.  Ask your veterinarian if your pet is one of these breeds as they should come in for regular testing and begin treatment early if any signs are seen and before any effects are irreversible.