Medical Services

We are equipped to handle a wide variety of medical conditions, including emergencies. Because we can perform many diagnostic procedures in-house, we can often give you immediate answers and start treating your pet faster. In some cases, your pet may require hospitalization and further diagnostic tests. Please take a look at the more detailed descriptions of medical services we offer, or call us to discuss your pet’s needs.

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X-Rays (PennHIP, OVC and OFA)

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Hip and Elbow Certification

Hip dysplasia is a deformity of the hip that occurs during growth. The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint. During growth both the “ball” (the head of the femur or thighbone) and the “socket” in the pelvis (acetabulum) must grow at equal rates.

In hip dysplasia this uniform growth does not occur. The result is laxity of the joint followed by degenerative joint disease (DJD) or osteoarthritis, which is the body’s attempt to stabilize the loose joint.

For dogs, xrays under general anesthetic is the preferred method for diagnosing hip dysplasia, which is considered a genetic or inherited disease. We do not recommend that any pet showing any signs of hip dysplasia be bred.

We offer OFA and OVC hip and elbow dysplasia certification for breeding purposes. Also, we are trained, equipped and certified to offer PennHIP certification for hip dysplasia in dogs.

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Videoendoscopy

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Videoendoscopy and Gastrointestinal Evaluations

Using videoendoscopy, we are able to directly visualize the passages inside a pet, from stomach, intestines and colon to the nasal passages, airways and reproductive tract.

Videoendoscopy can also be combined with specially designed instruments, for example, to remove many foreign objects from a pet’s stomach that would otherwise require surgery.

We can also inspect passages for inflammation, parasites and tumours; take biopsies or cultures; or identify developmental defects.

Endoscopic equipment can also be used to facilitate breeding of female dogs by depositing frozen or chilled semen directly into the uterus, increasing the odds of reproductive success.

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Physical Examinations

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Proper Pet Care for Overall Pet Health

It’s not easy keeping our pets healthy. After all, dogs and cats are frequently exposed to organisms that can cause disease or illnesses. Even pets that never go outdoors are at risk. What’s more, pets age seven times faster, on average, than people. That means major health changes can occur in a short amount of time. So what’s the best way to protect your best friend?

Wellness exams are designed to help detect, treat and, ideally, prevent health problems before they pose a risk to your pet. As part of the exam, you’ll be asked a variety of questions about your pet’s behaviour, lifestyle, travel history and other factors. This information can then be used to develop an individualized health care program that’s right for your pet.

Exams also review your pet’s vaccination history to determine what vaccinations or boosters might be needed.

Here is a list of some of the most important health screenings for cats and dogs. Additional tests might be recommended, depending on your pet’s health history and other factors.

Adult dogs (1–6 years)

  • Immunizations
  • Parasite check
  • Heartworm check
  • Dental health
  • Blood panel (CBC)
  • Chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis

Additional exams for senior dogs (7+ years)

  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Chest radiograph
  • Thyroid check

Adult cats (1–6 years)

  • Immunizations
  • Parasite check
  • Heartworm check
  • Dental health
  • Blood panel (CBC)

Additional exams for senior cats (7+ years)

  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Renal disease screen
  • Thyroid check
  • Blood pressure check
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Dental Health Care

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Caring For Your Pet’s Dental Health

Dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions seen by veterinarians. Approximately two-thirds of dogs and cats over the age of three have some degree of dental disease so caring for your cat or dog’s teeth is extremely important.

For some pets, teeth brushing can be quite the challenge! Our dental services include dental examinations, digital dental x-rays, dental cleanings (scaling and polishing) and tooth extractions, if required.

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Ultrasound

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Diagnostic Ultrasound

Diagnostic ultrasound is used to explore body tissues using sound waves. The images can help the veterinary team evaluate internal organs for size, structure and vascularity (the appearance of veins), and to help find abnormalities such as tumours, bladder stones, cysts and foreign objects. We also use ultrasound to evaluate tendons and ligaments for orthopedic problems, and for pregnancy diagnosis and care.