Wellness & Vaccination Programs
A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. We recommend this because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss.
There are other reasons why you should pay close attention to your pet’s dental health. Dental disease can affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet’s body. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if this is the case.
Our veterinarians provide many surgical services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations when advanced equipment or training will be beneficial. Our veterinary team will take precautions to ensure that your pet receives a safe anesthetic. We perform a physical exam and preanesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery, and provide pain medication during recovery.
Nutrition & Weight Counseling
Nutritional requirements for dogs and cats vary depending on a variety of factors, including age, breed, and health. For instance, senior pets have different requirements than puppies or kittens, and animals with diabetes, kidney disease, and other health conditions can benefit from specific diets. Our veterinarians can help you make informed decisions about your pet’s diet.
We can counsel you on which foods will be appropriate based on your pet’s needs and your financial considerations, how much to feed, and even how to decode pet food labels. We can create a nutrition plan for your pet, and we can also work with owners to help their overweight pets get down to a healthy weight. Be careful not to fall into fad diets and try not to believe everything you see on the internet or hear. If you are unsure or have a question our staff is very knowledgeable and will direct you to make the most informed decision. It is important to get your pets nutritional advise from a qualified veterinary professional to ensure your pet receives the diet that is best suited for your pet.
Your Veterinarian and Registered Veterinary Technicians will choose a diet to feed YOUR pet based on their medical history. Pet obesity is more common than one may think. It is becoming an increasing concern in many of our pets around the country. It is estimated that "52.5 percent of dogs and 58.3 percent of cats to be overweight or obese by their veterinarian" (association for pet obesity prevention).
Pet obesity is a huge concern, it's not just about bikini season it's about their health. Pets who are overweight are at risk for many diseases and aliments which can pose a risk on their quality and longevity of their lives. Pets who are overweight have increased difficulty getting around, arthritis, cardiac(heart) issues and difficulty breathing. On top of all that they are a bigger risk under anesthesia, risk of diabetes, infections(because they cannot clean themselves), skin and coat issues, joint degeneration, cruciate (knee) rupture, hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver) and a DECREASED lifespan of about 2-3 years! All current patients are welcome to a free weight and nutritional consultation with our Registered Veterinary Technician.
During this appointment we will discuss current feeding and exercise habits, your pets current Body Condition Score and weight, tips for weight loss or weight maintenance and which diet that would be most appropriate for your pet. Weight consultations are even ideal for pets that are just slightly overweight because earlier we address this problem the healthier your pet will be. Call us to set up a nutrition consultation for you and your pet- 905-662-3033
Pain Management & Control
Ask us about our pain management options and plans, which we will tailor to your pet’s medical condition and individual needs.
Microchip Pet Identification
Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t get lost. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.
We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed (overnight or for grooming); pets can also lose them. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you. Pets without microchips that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another family or even euthanized.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment to microchip your pet. Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared. We can also suggest a plan to have in place so if your pet does go missing, you’ll be able to act quickly.
We can microchip ferrets, rabbits, and other companion animals, too!