New puppies are especially pampered patients at our clinic! When you arrive with your new pup. It is very important to us that your pup feels comfortable in our clinic from day one, and we encourage the pups to be social and interactive. In most cases, puppies visit us three times, with each visit being about 1 month apart. For your initial visit, we will spend extra time with you, as there are many important health and behavioural issues to discuss. Our conversations are guided not only by your questions and concerns, but also by a comprehensive puppy kit that each new puppy owner receives.
At each visit, pups will undergo a full physical examination to ensure that there are no apparent health problems - we give each pup a good check from top to bottom! Any problems that are identified will be thoroughly discussed. Appropriate vaccinations will be administered and deworming protocols will be recommended, based on the needs of the individual patient. We also check a small sample of stool by microscopic examination on all new pups to ensure adequate parasite control. In addition, we will set aside time to discuss spaying, neutering, and other elective procedures that your pup may require in their first year.
During these visits, we really encourage you to ask questions. Remember, we are your best resource for information with respect to your puppys' health and development and we are dedicated to getting them off to a healthy start!
New kittens receive special attention at our hospital. Cats are definitely not just small dogs, and it is important that they not be treated as such! It is very important to us that our feline patients get to know us here at the clinic and feel comfortable with us from the start. This is why our feline patients exam room is separated from Canine patients. Each new patient will receive a new toy to help them feel at ease. Most kittens will come to see us three times, with each visit being about 1 month apart. More time is set aside for you at your first visit as many new kitten owners have many health and training issues that they wish to discuss. In addition, our staff has important information that needs to be passed along to you. To help facilitate this, each new kitten owner will receive a comprehensive kitten kit which contains a wealth of helpful information.
At each visit, your kitten will receive a complete physical examination to identify any apparent health problems - any abnormalities will be thoroughly discussed with one of our veterinarians. Appropriate vaccinations will be administered and deworming will be performed, depending on the needs of the individual patient. We encourage new kitten owners to bring in a stool sample to help us ensure that we are adequately treating parasites. Time is also set aside to discuss surgical procedures such as spaying, neutering, and declawing.
Feel free to ask any questions while you are here. Remember, we are your best source of information with respect to your kittens' health and development and we are dedicated to getting them off to a healthy start!
Senior Pet Wellness
Once your pet enters their senior years (approximately 7-8 years of age) we recommend that they undergo a thorough senior wellness exam and diagnostic work-up. We recommend annual, or in some cases, twice yearly visits for our geriatric patients. Even though you may believe your pet is normal, there are many disease processes that do not show any outward sign until the disease is quite advanced. More advanced diseases can be more difficult to treat and are not always as responsive to treatment as diseases diagnosed early. Each visit will involve a detailed discussion with one of our veterinarians, as well as a thorough physical examination. The more comprehensive diagnostic workup may involve such non-invasive tests such as blood and urine tests, and cytology of any lumps or bumps. Early detection of diseases such as kidney disease, thyroid disease, and diabetes mellitus will allow us to administer the appropriate treatments to help extend and improve the quality of your pet's life. Some treatments may be as simple as a diet change. In some cases, the initial testing will allow us to make recommendations as to what further, more specific diagnostic tests may be required to address a health concern, or what therapeutics would be most appropriate and safe to use. If the test results are normal, we have a healthy baseline in which to compare future results.
Many symptoms that historically have been attributed to old age and were considered untreatable are now treatable. For example, some dogs that appear to have lost their mental alertness can be returned to a mental status indicative of a younger age using appropriate therapy. Dogs that are stiff and sore because of arthritis can now potentially receive relief that will significantly improve their quality of life.
Please feel free to bring up any issues of concern with the veterinarian or the other staff members so that we can completely address all of your pet's needs. We are definitely your best resource for information regarding health care of your senior pet!
Adult Pet Wellness
As pets enter adulthood, we emphasize preventative healthcare. We encourage all pets, even if there are no apparent health concerns, to have an annual consultation with one of our veterinarians. The most important part of these visits is the time spent discussing your pets health with the vet. At these visits, a complete physical examination will be performed and any abnormalities will be thoroughly discussed. Vaccinations will be administered as deemed appropriate on an individual basis. In many cases, your pet will not be receiving every vaccination at every visit. Much of our discussion will be focused on issues such as choosing an appropriate diet, weight management, preventative dental care, and parasite control. In some cases, we choose to run diagnostic tests, such as blood and urine testing. Your personal yearly check up at your physician is likely to include these tests and so should your pet's yearly exam. Every year we detect many disease processes in apparently 'normal' adult animals. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatments can result in your companion living a longer healthier life. If all the diagnostic tests are normal, we have a great baseline to use for comparison as your pet enters it's senior years.
Remember to take the time to ask questions of all staff members at your annual visit - we are your best source of information regarding your pet's health!