Additional Services

Drop off Appointments

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We do offer our clients the convenience of a ‘pet drop off’ so that their pet can see a veterinarian even when they do not have time for an appointment during the day.  We do understand that you have a list of things to do each day and we are happy to see your pet regardless of your situation!  If you would like to drop-off your pet for medical care or wellness services such as vaccines, please call the clinic to discuss this with one of our team members.

We accept drop-offs routinely between 7:30am-9:30am Monday through Friday.You will be asked to bring your pet in, allowing a few minutes to check them into the hospital and review your concerns with our team. It is very important that you leave a phone number where you can be reached by the attending veterinarian.

Your pet will be examined by one of our veterinarians and you will be contacted with more information or their recommended patient care plan.  Treatments or diagnostic tests that were not discussed prior to the drop-off (and the associated costs) will be discussed with you by phone, and a plan made as to when the animal can be discharged from the hospital.

Please note that we do charge a small ward care fee to cover the cost of caring for your pet for the day.

Pain Management and Control

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We now know that animals experience pain in much the same way as people. We use our knowledge of pain medication and pain relief strategies to prevent and manage pain in pets, both before and after surgery and in the event of an injury or infection. We can also ease pain caused by chronic disease, such as arthritis.

Ask us about our pain management options and plans, which we will tailor to your pet’s medical condition and individual needs.

Chemotherapy and Cancer Treatment

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Like us, animals such as dogs, cats, ferrets, and rabbits can get cancer. Fortunately, however, some forms of cancer are curable. In addition, recent advancements in cancer treatment can extend the lives of many dogs and cats. Treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery may be used to stop the spread of cancer and remove or destroy cancer cells and tumours.

You can help prevent some forms of cancer by having your pet spayed or neutered at an early age, but most cancers cannot be prevented. This is why early detection is one of our best weapons against this disease.

Regular veterinary visits can help us keep track of what is normal for your pet, as well as detect anything suspicious. However, because we typically only see your dog or cat once or twice a year, we also rely on your knowledge of your pet to catch any potential issues early. Contact us right away if you notice any changes in your pet’s physical appearance or behaviour (such as lumps or bumps, sores that don’t heal, vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in eating habits).

Behavioral Counseling

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If you’re concerned about or bothered by an aspect of your pet’s behaviour, we can help. Our expert can work with you and your pet to stop or change the behaviour. Many aggressive, fearful, or inappropriate behaviours in dogs and cats can be modified through a combination of desensitization and counter-conditioning. These techniques can have dramatic results when applied properly. In some cases, medication can also help. Contact us for an appointment if you’d like to consult with our expert.

Microchip Pet Identification

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Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. You’d want to give him or her the best chance of getting home. With microchipping, you can.

Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.

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, birds, and other companion animals, too!

Boarding

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Ease your concerns about leaving your pet behind while you’re away: Let our staff take care of him or her. We can accommodate any special care or needs your dog or cat might have. Just let us know when you make the reservation.

Pets will be fed maintenance diets while in clinic, or we ask that you please provide any special food or medications that your friend may require while staying with us. Dogs are walked 3 times daily in a nearby park at the request of their owners. In order to board, all guests must be up to date on their vaccinations.