While we pride ourselves on the level of expertise and standard of care we provide to the sick and injured, we feel that emphasizing health management and disease prevention is far more important.  That’s why we have an extensive health management program that emphasizes preventative medicine.  Our clients should expect that when they bring their pet in for their “shots”, there will be much more involved than simply administering vaccinations.  Clients should expect their appointment to last 20 to 30 minutes and plan accordingly; it’s your time, you’re paying for it and you should be prepared to take full advantage of it!

Nutritional Management and Counselling

With a bombardment of advertisements for all sorts of pet food, and no clear cut answer, it can be difficult to decide what food meets the needs of your pet. Unfortunately, the majority of pet food available to consumers has been developed with much more concentration on advertising than the actual quality and nutritional competence of the food.

Diet is the single-most important determinant of your pet’s long-term health.  Dietary problems can lead to obesity, urinary problems, diabetes and literally hundreds of other health problems.  Obesity in-and-of itself it the single biggest health threat to our pets.

As part of our commitment to a lifetime of health for your pet, we offer complimentary Nutritional Management and Counselling as part of your pet’s yearly exam and vaccination appointment.  Let us take the guesswork out of feeding your pet!

Parasite Control

With the changing climate, parasite problems have become much more of a concern in Northern Ontario. We now see more frequent and severe problems with fleas, heartworm disease is likely to become a serious concern and sarcoptic mange is now prevalent in the area. Tick-borne diseases are now a major concern here for both humans and their four-legged companions and in just a few years we have seen the emergence of life-threatening tick-borne diseases that were not previously seen in Canada.

Protecting your family and your pets from these parasites in a safe and effective manner is part of our commitment to your pet’s health and our client’s safety and peace-of-mind. We’ll make treatment and prevention recommendations to achieve this.

The Physical Exam

The annual exam is our best chance every year to prevent disease or find small problems and prevent them from turning into bigger ones. Your pet will get a complete and thorough physical exam as part of their yearly check-up. It’s also important that we get an accurate history of what’s happened since their last visit. If you’ve noticed something new or that you aren’t sure is normal, or something unusual happened since your last vet visit, bring it to our attention so that we can check it out. If we do find anything that’s of concern, we’ll bring it to your attention and offer reasonable diagnostic and treatment options where necessary.

Dental Care

Dental health is a major component of the overall health and well-being of your pet. Checking the condition of your pet’s oral health is part of the physical exam and definitely an important topic. This topic is covered in more detail under its own heading.

Wellness Testing

Formerly called “geri-screening”, wellness testing involves blood-work and/or other diagnostic tests to screen for certain problems or diseases before they become clinically apparent.  While the emphasis used to be on screening older pets for certain diseases (which is still important), the emphasis has changed to identifying at-risk patients and checking them early.  For many diseases, like hip dysplasia for example, early diagnosis and simple management changes can entirely change the course of the disease in the long-run.

The veterinarian may recommend screening during the course of their exam for a particular problem(s). In some cases we may be able to perform the testing during the course of the visit. In other cases, a separate appointment may need to be booked, especially for things like orthopedic work-up, x-rays, etc.

General Concerns

Other topics of concern that are specific to the patient or health management schedule (ie “puppy shots”), should be addressed as well.  Important discussions on things like training issues, pet insurance, helping clients keep their feline pets indoors and other issues that may impact the health of your pets and family are important.

If you have a particular question or concern, please don’t hesitate to bring it up during your appointment.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a very important part of disease prevention and the only effective means of control of a number of very serious and often life-threatening diseases. Our vaccination protocols follow currently accepted best practises as recommended by various professional associations for the particular species of interest. They are also tailored to fit the specific disease profile in our practise area to best protect the health and welfare of you, your pet and the general public.

We understand and share people’s concerns regarding over-vaccination of pets. While some vaccinations require annual re-boostering, wherever possible we employ the use of multi-year vaccinations. Multi-year vaccinations in pets over 2 years of age are rotated in a specific manner based on the manufacturer’s directions and current professional standards.

Clients should note that the veterinarian determines what vaccinations are due to be administered in a given year. It is not appropriate for clients to attempt to determine their own protocol or simply present their pet for vaccination when they feel they should be due.  Vaccinations are still performed annually and reminders are sent in the mail to clients when their pet is due for their check-up.