Ultrasonography is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows internal body structures to be seen by recording echoes or reflections of ultrasonic waves. Unlike X-rays, which are potentially dangerous, ultrasound waves are considered to be safe.
The first step in proper diagnostics is a good thorough history and full physical exam. The key to making pets healthy again is to come to conclusive diagnoses quickly and accurately from which we can then develop an effective treatment plan.
When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use radiographs, commonly known as X-rays, to help identify the cause and rule out possible problems. We may also use radiographs during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.
The most common symptom associated with allergies for dogs and cats is itchy skin, either localized (in one area like the ear) or generalized (all over the body). In some cases, the symptoms involve the respiratory system, with coughing, sneezing, or wheezing. Whether it be caused by an environmental stimulus, parasitic problem, or a reaction to food, we can help narrow down the problem and make your pet less itchy and more comfortable.
Our in-clinic pharmacy allows us to begin treatment immediately to start the healing process. We stock a wide range of veterinary specific medications and supplements that are safe for your pet. Special formulations can be made at compounding pharmacies for our pint-sized patients or those who are difficult to medicate. For those medications that we do not regularly stock, we are happy to prepare a prescription that can be picked up at a local pharmacy.
Hospitalization and Treatment
Different diseases require different forms of treatment and not every case can be treated as an outpatient. We are proud to have the space and equipment to house patients for various forms of treatment including intravenous fluid therapy, surgical procedures, blood glucose curves, oxygen therapy, and treatment plans that require several medications that need to be given frequently throughout the day.
Whether it be a broken leg, porcupine quills, or congestive heart failure, our staff is well versed in assessing and treating a variety of emergencies. We understand that these are emotional and highly stressful situations so we always try to accommodate and triage emergencies as soon as we can to create a treatment plan for your pet. Please refer to the Ottawa Animal Emergency and Specialty Hospital for after-hours emergencies.
Euthanasia & Cremation
Euthanasia of a pet is one of the toughest things, if not the toughest thing, a pet owner may ever have to do. It’s never easy to say goodbye, and making the decision about a pet’s passing is difficult. After all, your pet is your family, and losing a family member is life changing. We are here with a compassionate, helping hand to explain the process, manage expectations, and determine whether it is the right time to make this decision. We have even created a dedicated space to ensure you and your pet are comfortable when its time to say goodbye and ensure the entire process is as painless and peaceful as possible.