Medical Services

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff combined with our fully equipped facilities allows us to deal with a variety of medical conditions your pet may experience throughout his or her lifetime. We are able to offer a complete array of diagnostic tests in order to establish an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment of medical illnesses can vary widely, from oral or topical medication, to special dietary recommendations, and may include hospitalization and supportive care. Although we hope to not have to see you or your pet for an emergency, we are well equipped to handle emergency situations.

Radiology (X-rays)

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Digital imaging X Rays, the  I-vision DR1417 system is used at  both our locations Oakville and in Mississauga. The quality of the imaging at the very minimum is amazing and a step above better!

Radiology (x-rays) is a diagnostic test that is routinely used to provide information regarding a  bones, gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, intestines), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, genitourinary system (bladder, prostate, uterus), teeth, and various abdominal organs (liver, kidneys, spleen). It is often used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools  such as bloodwork and ultrasound to help identify the possible cause of your pet’s illness.

Images are immediately available for viewing by our veterinarians.

 

Ultrasonography

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Ultrasonography, or ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique often used in conjunction with radiography. Ultrasonography allows imaging and visualization of the body’s organs and deeper structures. It can be very useful in the evaluation of the heart, kidneys, liver and gallbladder, and urinary bladder. It is often used to confirm and monitor pregnancy in dogs can cats.

An ultrasound may be performed while the animal is awake, although occasionally mild sedation is required in order for the patient to be relaxed. A transducer (a small hand held tool) is moved across the skin surface of the body, emitting sounds waves which are directed into the body. The sound waves bounce off the various organs at different wavelengths depending on the density of the tissues and the amount of fluid present within them. The waves are reflected back through the transducer to produce an image on a viewing monitor.

Ultrasonography is a painless procedure with no known side effects and we commonly use it at our hospital as a very useful, non-invasive diagnostic tool.

Medical Assessment

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A complete medical assessment begins with a thorough physical examination whereby your pet’s eyes, ears, teeth, skin, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal and skeletal system are examined for any abnormalities. Based on our findings during the physical examination, diagnostic tests such as bloodwork and urinalysis may be performed as necessary in order to assess the how your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas and endocrine system are functioning. Depending on your pet’s condition and the current medical problem, we may recommend further diagnostic tests such as radiography (x-rays), endoscopy (an internal ‘camera’ that allows us to visualize the gastrointestinal and respiratory pathways), ultrasound or surgery. All of these diagnostic tests may be performed within our hospital.

 

Dentistry

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Dental disease is the most commonly diagnosed disease in our pets, with 85% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 suffering from some degree of periodontal or oral disease. Common signs of dental problems include halitosis (bad breath), gingivitis (red, irritated gums), tartar and plaque buildup, changes in eating and chewing habits, pawing at the face, and generalized depression or lethargy.

Untreated dental problems have the ability to affect not only the teeth themselves, but also the overall health of your pet. Bacteria, food debris and tartar and plaque accumulation can lead to the deterioration of the gingiva (gums) and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay leads to irreversible periodontal disease, and, if left unchecked, may result in tooth loss. Bacteria in the mouth can also easily enter the blood stream, and serious kidney, liver and heart problems may occur as a result.

At your pet’s annual health and wellness examination, we will thoroughly examine his/her teeth, and make recommendations on any treatments, or preventative measures that are necessary.  Home care including brushing, dental chews, dental food, or water additives may be recommended if minimal plaque and tartar is present.  During the more moderate to severe periodontal disease, we may recommend a thorough dental cleaning to remove all tarter and plaque both above and below the gum line, and well as periodontal probing to evaluate various problems.  These procedures are done under general anesthetic for both the safety and comfort of your pet, as well as to ensure a thorough job is done.

If you are unsure of the current dental health of your pet, or you are concerned there may be an issue, we are pleased to offer our clients a complimentary dental assessment.

Endoscopy

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Endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure in which a long tube with a small camera attached is inserted into the body in order to visualize the internal surface of the organs. Although endoscopy must be performed under general anesthetic, it is a non-surgical tool, and there are no incisions required. Endoscopy allows visualization of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. It can be useful for gross examination, biopsies, bacterial and fungal cultures, and may even help retrieve foreign objects that have been ingested.

We are very happy to be able to offer diagnostic endoscopy at our veterinary hospital.

Flea Control

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A flea problem on your pet means a flea problem in your home. Understanding the flea life cycle and methods for its control can be a daunting task. We will gladly assist you in this process. We can provide you with safe, effective flea prevention and if necessary, flea treatment. See the flea article in the Pet Health Library of our site.

Dermatology (Skin)

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Dermatological (skin) problems are commonly seen in both dogs and cats. Clinical signs of skin issues may be pruritus (itching), hair loss, or scabs, scales or excessive flaking of the skin. The cause of skin disease varies, and may be indicative of a more systemic problem. Ectoparasites (such as fleas or mange), infections (from bacteria or fungus), allergies, or endocrine (such as thyroid or adrenal) causes are among some of the most common.

Although occasionally a skin problem may be identified simply by an examination by a veterinarian, many skin diseases or problems require additional steps and diagnostic tests to obtain a diagnosis. We are able to offer a complete range of dermatological testing including:

  • skin scraping with microscopic evaluation
  • bacterial or fungal culture of skin swabs or cells
  • biopsy with histopathology
  • intradermal and serum allergy testing
  • bloodwork to evaluate endocrine systems such as thyroid and adrenal function
  • urinalysis and fecal testing

Cardiology (Heart)

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Heart problems may affect your pet at any age, with problems ranging from congenital (a condition your pet is born with) to acquired (something that develops over time) to infectious (such as heartworm). Animals suffering from heart disease may exhibit signs of coughing, exercise intolerance or lethargy, while some patients may not show any outward signs at all.
Many heart problems can be identified on physical examination, specifically during auscultation (listening) of the heart and lungs and palpation (feeling) of pulses. Additional tests such as EKG (electrocardiogram), radiographs (x-rays) and an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) are often required to help accurately identify the specific cause of your pet’s heart disease. All of these diagnostic tests can be performed and interpreted within our hospital.
Although heart disease can be a serious, life threatening condition, early diagnosis and therapy can help extend your pet’s life.

Tonometry

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We have the ability to test your dog or cat’s eyes for excess pressure easily and safely. This test allows us to diagnose glaucoma and eye infections that could cause blindness if not detected and treated early.