Wellness Exams and Vaccination
Help us keep your pet healthy by bringing him or her in for regular exams and vaccinations.Dogs and cats (and other pets) age far faster than people, so significant changes in your pet’s health can happen in a short time. Wellness programs allow us to diagnose diseases and conditions early, when they’re easier to treat or manage. Often, we can help prevent diseases entirely, just by ensuring that your pet has received appropriate vaccinations and preventives.We recommend that healthy adult dogs and cats visit us once a year. Puppies, kittens, senior pets, and pets with health issues or illnesses need more frequent checkups. We’ll work with you to create a wellness program, including a vaccination and prevention protocol, for your pet. Call us today to schedule your pet’s wellness exam.
Puppies, Kittens, and Seniors
Whether it be a brand new 8 week Maine Coon or a greying 12 year old Labrador Retriever, the age of your pet matters when it comes to their health care. Puppies and kittens are no doubt a rewarding addition, but it takes a lot of responsibility, care, and time to get them started on the right path to a long and healthy life. Those same animals will eventually mature and enter their elderly years which brings entirely different requirements to ensure they age well and maintain comfort as senior citizens. Regardless of age, we are here to help.
External and Internal Parasites
From mange and fleas to roundworm and heartworm, there are dozens of parasites that your pet is at risk of acquiring. Most pet owners are aware that depending on the parasite, it can be a serious problem. In the Ottawa region, we have plenty of mosquitoes and ticks, making diseases like heartworm and lyme a danger to the dogs in our communities. Read below on some of the parasites we commonly find in and on our pets.
Microchip identification is a safe and effective way to identify lost pets. We place a small microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) under the skin between the shoulder blades. It is a simple procedure and does not require sedation, but is often done when sedated at the time of spay/neuter to reduce pain. Microchip numbers are identified by a handheld scanner available at most veterinary hospitals or animal control facilities. When a lost pet is brought to our hospitals or the Humane Society, the first thing that is checked is the presence of a microchip.
We regularly screen patients for a number of tick and mosquito-borne diseases including heartworm, lyme disease, ehrlichia, and anaplasmosis using a blood test that assesses exposure. Treatment and prognosis varies based on each disease, but generally the earlier a disease is found, the easier it is to treat. We recommend yearly testing to screen for these pathogens to ensure your pet is not infected and does not have a pathogen affecting his or her health.
Nutritional needs vary for different species, breeds, ages and health conditions. Choosing an appropriate diet can set your pet on a path of lifelong good nutrition and help prevent and treat many problems, including allergies, nutritional deficiencies, skin and coat disorders, urinary problems, obesity, and periodontal disease. We work with our clients to help them make informed dietary choices for their pets. From puppies and kittens to seniors, we provide advice and recommendations on how to use food to nourish your pet and optimize wellness.
Pet Export and Travel
Over the years there has been an increase in international travel with our pets. Some countries only require a Health Certificate along with proof of vaccination while other counties can have a varied number of steps prior to giving your pet admittance. We can assist you in getting any treatments, vaccines or lab work needed along with the paperwork ready for your trip. Due to the varied and often changing requirements of each country, it is the owner’s responsibility to research and make sure they have all documents and requirements ready before coming in for their appointment.
Please note that we only accept cats for boarding at this time. We can accommodate any special care or needs your cat might have, including cats that need frequent medications or medical treatment while you are away. You have the added benefit of knowing that one of our veterinarians will promptly begin treatment if your pet gets sick during his or her stay. We provide amenities such as clean bedding, housing, and water bowls, but we recommend bringing your cat’s own food, treats, toys, and any personal items that may make their stay more enjoyable. Please call us for more information.