While many pets are still living in undesirable conditions; fewer dogs are seen chained outside to a dog house and the cats that we adopt today are no longer living in barns, feeding on rodents and milk. Instead, they are laying in the living room, playing with our computer mouse - sharing our daily lives.
In other words, the dogs and cats which we welcome into our homes become part of our family. For that relationship to be whole, we must ensure that our companions are healthy and that they do not transmit any diseases.
We welcome our patients on a daily basis with that spirit in mind.
Do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian at the first sign of symptoms such as loss of appetite, mood swings, lack of energy, diarrhea, etc. An early diagnosis can prevent a benign issue from becoming a major problem.
An animal who’s playful, cheerful and eating well is showing signs of good health.
We are at your service to ensure your companion’s well-being and to provide the very best care.
Vaccinations save thousands of animals lives every year.
20 years ago, at least one dog a week would die of parvovirus or distemper. Today, parvovirus is under control and no cases of distemper have been diagnosed for over 10 years.
Panleukopenia in cats is the equivalent of parvovirus in dogs. However, with the exception of euthanasia, leukemia is the leading cause of death in cats, although an effective vaccine is available to immunize them against this disease.
Rabies is a zoonotic disease which means that your pet can accidentally infect you.
Vaccination remains the best available protection against this deadly disease
Please have your pets vaccinated.
Consultation / General Exam
Identification – Microchips
Diet Tips / Weight Management
Preventive and Customized Diet
For healthy skin…
Four out of every ten consultations are related to skin disease, making this problem the most common of issues encountered. Allergies in dogs are usually manifested by itchy skin and excessive shedding. A dog may chew his paws, rub against furniture or scratch intensely.
A cat on the other hand, will be more subtle; grooming continuously or only in your absence. It is important to be observant and monitor the appearance of your cat’s fur and skin and inform the veterinarian of any changes.
Fine-needle Aspiration of Masses
To keep the tooth fairy away…
Strong, healthy teeth are essential to chew food well and without pain. Unfortunately dogs do not brush their teeth! Small breeds, the Yorkshire being at the top of the list, are more likely to develop dental problems at an early age. Dry food is often too small which causes premolars and canines to be underused. The latter will gradually stain, which can lead to bacteria that can proliferate and eventually infect the gums. This condition then requires the intervention of a veterinarian. A treatment with antibiotics followed by a descaling will restore the teeth’s condition, and improve their breath. If left untreated, bacterial infections of the gum can spread to other parts of the body such as the heart.
Descaling + Polishing
Sterilization for many reasons…
For a female, sterilization (spaying) is an abdominal surgery to remove both the ovaries and the uterus. For a male, sterilization, also called castration or neutering, involves the removal of both testicles. In the past, territorial and sexual behaviors justified this intervention, however we now know that sterilized animals live an average of one year longer and that a female, spayed before her first heat, is almost guaranteed to eliminate the risk of developing mammary gland cancer (equivalent of breast cancer in women).
The argument that dogs and cats become fat and lazy after the operation is based on a half-truth directly related to food consumption. Following sterilization, hormonal changes occur, andropause in males and menopause in females. These normal phenomenas lead to fat storage. An overfed animal will gradually gain weight and consequently become less active. By controlling the amount of food intake, you and your pet will only benefit from this intervention. A sterilized animal feels better and lives a longer, healthier life!
Sterilizations (spaying / neutering)
Specialized and Orthopedic Surgery
To get them back on their paws…
Orthopedic surgeries are one of the most common operations performed by veterinarians. One might think that traumatic accidents account for this situation, however the leading cause is in fact due to genetic disorders. The most commonly known inherited joint disorder is hip dysplasia. Knee problems requiring surgery are also commonly seen in many breeds of dogs. The condition most frequently encountered in small breeds is the patellar luxation (dislocation of the knee-cap), while larger dogs will be more susceptable to problems associated with anterior cruciate ligament (such as traumatic ligament ruptures often suffered by hockey and football players ).
Gynecologic Surgery (caesarean & neonatalogy)
Vocal Cords (ventriculocordectomy)
Orthopedic surgeries :
Cruciate Ligament (knee)
For their comfort…
The laser is an invisible light beam so concentrated it becomes very powerful and extremely accurate. By water evaporation, the cells in its path are pulverized.
Blood vessels and nerves are cauterized preventing the wound from bleeding as well as reducing sensitivity. The most common use for this technology is onychectomy (declawing) for cats because it significantly reduces the postoperative pain.
When their lives are at stake…
When your pet is in serious trouble (asthma, heart failure, car accident or other), we have the necessary equipment, medicines and a skilled team ready to respond in emergencies to save your pets life and relieve his pain.
Radiology and Laboratory
For a better diagnostic…
A digital X-ray system allows the veterinarian to see inside your pet through the use of a two-dimensional high resolution image of their organs. Generally, fractures are easily diagnosed by this method, but its use goes far beyond orthopedics. The ability to see the size and shape of the kidneys, bladder, liver, heart, lungs etc. enables the veterinarian to diagnose and assess the progress of several conditions.
Laboratory tests on site
Adapted to their needs…
Throughout your pets life, their nutritional needs vary according to their age; the diet of a growing puppy differs from that of an older dog. It is quite easy to choose the formula best suited to your pet’s needs as manufacturers clearly identify the packaging of their products and for whom the food is intended.
Nutrition is also becoming increasingly specialized for many conditions such as Urinary PH control, hairball control, joint mobility, dental formula, etc. However, the more specific the nutritional requirement is, the more potentially problematic it becomes if not medically monitored or correctly adapted to the animal’s condition. Instead of alleviating a health problem, it may create one...
Here is an example that demonstrates how important the correct food is for different medical conditions:
A cat that doesn’t drink enough water may develop urinary problems due to the concentration of their urine which in turn can greatly increase the risk of developing urinary crystals that can eventually become stones in the bladder.
In this case, a food formula rich in sodium will increase their water intake needs.
On the other hand, a cat suffering from renal failure (common in older cats that also do not consume enough water) requires a reduction in salt intake in order to help control blood pressure.
Therefore, these two cats could not, without the risk of aggravating their conditions, share the same diet.
Specific diets can improve the quality of life and extend the longevity of your pet. Consult us, we will be happy to properly assess the needs of your pet and suggest the formula best suited to their condition.
Food for cats and dogs:
Urinary Tract Disorders
Cardio Vascular Disease
Specifically designed for them…
A veterinarian is the best qualified professional to prescribe the appropriate medication for your pet’s problem. Medicines for animals are often the same as those used by humans, but due to the difference in formula, utilizing human medicines for your pet may lead to serious consequences.
For very small patients, the dose levels are formulated to facilitate the intake of the medicine and ensure the accuracy of the required dosage.
In general, medicines are especially tailored to be appealing to animals. Most do not like the taste of mint, which is why their toothpastes are chicken, seafood, beef flavored etc..
Some medicines intended for humans are toxic to animals; Acetaminophen (TYLENOL, TEMPRA) is poisonous to cats. Other human medications are poorly absorbed by animals; Ketoprofen, an anti-inflammatory used for pain control is often coated to prevent from being destroyed by acid in our stomach.
This coating can remain intact in dogs and the whole tablet will be expelled in their stools, therefore, totally ineffective.
In conclusion, for their safety and well-being, let us be the pharmacist for your pets.
Leaving with peace of mind…
Does the Well-Being of Your Pet Concern You While You’re Away?
Our dedicated staff will be pleased to welcome your pet and make their stay with us as enjoyable as possible.
Veterinarians close by…
You will have the peace of mind knowing that if your animal experiences any illness or discomfort while you’re away, it will be promptly addressed by one of our veterinarians.
Priority to Animals with a Particular Condition
Animals with chronic diseases (diabetes, epilepsy, etc.) or a condition requiring special care and/or regular medication are given priority admission.
Rear Exterior Fenced Area
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Please note that any animal boarding with us must be current on their vaccines - proof of vaccination required.
Cats: Basic vaccines and feline leukemia. Dogs: Basic vaccines and vaccination against kennel cough (Bordetella).