Prevention, Wellness & Vaccines
Dogs and cats (and other pets too!) age far faster than people so significant changes in your pet’s health can happen in a short time.
We recommend that healthy adult dogs and cats visit us once a year. Puppies, kittens, senior pets, and pets with health issues or illnesses need more frequent checkups. These visits to the doctor can make all the difference in diagnosing diseases and conditions early – when they’re easier to treat or manage. Often, we can actually help prevent diseases entirely, just by ensuring your pet has received appropriate vaccinations and preventatives! We ensure your pet is always protected and appropriately vaccinated but never over-vaccinated.
We’ll always work with you to create an appropriate wellness program, including a vaccination and prevention protocol that works for you and your pet. The key to a healthy and happy pet – and pet parent – is working together with your veterinarian.
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 always takes precautions to ensure that your pet receives a safe anesthetic, geared specifically for them. We perform a physical exam and pre-anesthetic testing before surgery, we monitor your pet during surgery, and provide pain medication throughout recovery.
Spaying – Females
Spaying your pet prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, and can help them live longer, healthier lives.
By spaying your female pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat – and it won’t change her personality.
On the day of your pet’s surgery appointment, she’ll arrive first thing in the morning, and her surgery will take place later in the morning. She’ll stay with us for the majority of the day so we can monitor her and ensure a proper recovery. A pickup time will be scheduled later in the day so we can review homecare instructions with you, and answer all of your questions.
Neutering – Males
Neutering prevents male animals from reproducing, and can help them live longer, healthier lives.
By neutering your pet, you’re reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering also reduces or eliminates undesirable and embarrassing behaviour, including roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying. It also helps control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters. While it can sometimes help curb a dog’s urge to wander and become territorial over a female, it won’t change his personality
On the day of your pet’s surgery appointment, he’ll arrive first thing in the morning, and his surgery will take place later in the morning. He’ll stay with us for the majority of the day so we can monitor him and ensure a proper recovery. A pickup time will be scheduled later in the day so we can review homecare instructions with you, and answer all of your questions.
Soft Tissue Surgeries
Soft tissue surgeries are those not associated with bone. Probably the most common soft tissue surgery we perform on pets is the removal of masses or lumps. Once removed and tested, most are found to be benign (non-harmful), however, occasionally they’re more serious. If a lump is cancerous, for example, early removal and accurate diagnosis can greatly improve the outcome! This is why regular visits to the doctor are so important – we can find these lumps and immediately take care of them.
If your dog suffers from frequent ear infections, we can do surgery to reduce the occurrence by improving airflow into the ear canal.
Surgery can also help resolve several eye-related problems, which involve chronic eye infections, or a condition called entropion, where the eyelashes actually damage the cornea. Surgical intervention improves the pet’s comfort, reduces chances of corneal scarring, and enhances the pet’s vision in the long term.
If you’ve ever had a toothache or a sore in your mouth, you know how it affects your overall happiness and ability to properly function. This is no different for your pet, except they can’t tell you. Just like us, your pet’s oral health affects their entire health too! If their mouth is suffering, that bacterium is filtering throughout their entire body, affecting their major organs. Unhealthy, cracked, rotting, or tartar encased teeth, inflamed and sore gums…they all contribute to pain, and lead to worse illnesses and even behaviour issues.
Did you know that a large majority of issues are below the gum line? You can’t see them but they can be extremely painful and will slowly creep their way upward, destroying the tooth. That’s why proper veterinary dentistry is so important.
Each dental procedure includes a full set of dental x-rays. This ensures we identify every lesion present and therefore eliminate and prevent oral pain for your pet.