A thorough physical exam offers valuable information about your petʼs overall health. Often it is during a routine physical that problems are detected which can be dealt with early. The doctor will carefully exam your pet from head to tail.
Puppy and Kitten Wellness The addition of a puppy or a kitten to your home is always an exciting time, and often there are a lot of questions that need answers. When do I start training? What food should I feed them? What vaccines do they need and when do they need them? Is it safe to take them outside yet? When you visit with your puppy or kitten we will help you answer many of these questions. As well, we will ensure that all preventative measures are taken to keep your puppy or kitten healthy.
Preventive medicine is the best medicine of all. Your petʼs annual visit is the best time to take inventory of your petʼs health. Our health team will ensure your are leaving with the best and latest information to keep your important family member healthy for as long as possible.
Vaccinations We have all the necessary vaccines your pet needs to stay healthy. Which vaccines and how often are custom tailored to your petʼs needs. Here are the common vaccinations we deliver at our hospital:
Distemper - A widespread and often fatal disease that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory and neurological problems.
Parvovirus - This is a highly contagious and often fatal viral disease of the gastrointestinal tract. It commonly affects puppies, but even adult dogs not vaccinated are at risk.
Bordatella - A bacteria that is part of the kennel cough complex that can lead to a severe unrelenting cough. Occasionally it can cause pneumonia.
Parainfluenza and Canine Adenovirus 2 - Type 2 canine adenovirus (CAV-2) vaccination cross-protects against CAV-1 (the cause of infectious canine hepatitis) and CAV-2 (one of the causes of upper respiratory disease). While the actual disease is rarely diagnosed, the virus is maintained in wildlife. Therefore, combination vaccines with distemper and parvo are recommended. These viruses are also associated with the kennel cough complex.
Rabies - A fatal neurological virus that affects all mammals including humans. In Manitoba the most important reservoir of rabies infection are skunks, bats, and raccoons.
Rabies - Just like in the dog, this virus is fatal.
Panleukopenia - This disease, caused by a parvovirus, is not common but still reported in shelter situations and in areas where there are unvaccinated cats and kittens.
Herpes virus/Calici virus - These two viruses are common causes of upper respiratory infections, especially in kittens. In addition, FCV infection may cause febrile lameness, oral cavity disease such as stomatitis, and a virulent systemic infection that may be fatal.
Feline Leukemia - This retrovirus can be fatal. Cats are most susceptible in their first year of life. Adult cats can be exposed when outdoors and coming into contact with ʻcarrierʼ cats.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3. It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease include tartar buildup, red and swollen gums, bad breath, changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and generalized depression.Cats can develop painful resorptive lesions. Studies show that about 28 percent of domestic cats develop at least one of these painful lesions during their lifetime.
A veterinarian should evaluate your petʼs dental health at least once a year. Bacteria, combined with saliva and food debris between the tooth and gum, can cause plaque formulations that accumulate on the tooth. As bacteria grow in the plaque and as calcium salts are deposited, plaque turns to tartar. There are other reasons why you should pay close attention to your petʼs dental health. Dental disease can affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a petʼs body. A thorough physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if this is the case. We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.
We offer a variety of surgical services be them elective or in response to a disease condition. We have equipped our operating room with
sophisticated equipment to monitor your pet as they are having surgery. Pulse oximetry is a device used to check the oxygenation of the blood. An EKG is a device to monitor and record the electrical activity of the heart. A doppler device is used to detect peripheral pulses and is used to obtain blood pressure readings. But probably the most important monitoring equipment is an actual Animal Health Technologist is standing by your pet during surgery to monitor the equipment and your pet.
We have been a referral hospital in the Winnipeg area for over 7 years for endoscopy cases. An endoscope is a non-invasive medical tool used to diagnose and treat conditions of the gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract. It can also be used in other body cavities as well, such as the bladder, abdominal and thoracic cavities. Endoscopy has become more and more important in human and veterinary medicine as it minimizes trauma, and often minimizes cost as well.
It allows us to see inside body cavities without making incisions. It consists of a long flexible tube with a camera attached to it. It can be steered in a variety of directions. The uses are endless. It can be used to remove foreign bodies from the stomach and esophagus. It can be used to inspect the intestinal tract and respiratory tract. It also has instrument ports on it that allow us to obtain biopsy samples that are so small, they require no suturing.
We have invested in a digital imaging system that allows us to review radiographs in a great detail, this wasnʼt possible with conventional film processing.
Laboratory medicine Our in-house laboratory is in use everyday. Our lab is an important tool used to diagnose a variety of conditions in dogs and cats.
Pet nutrition counseling One of the most important things to prevent disease is to ensure your petʼs nutrition is optimized. Itʼs a scary world out there trying to figure out what to feed. There are thousands of brands and even more opinions. We have stocked foods that we trust. In fact, we have visited the research facilities and manufacturing facilities of our pet foods. Whether itʼs for puppy, kitten, maintenance diets, or prescription diets, we have the tools and resources available to make sound recommendations for your pet.