ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS AND VACCINE RISK ASSESSMENT
- The heart & lungs to listen for any abnormalities
- The eyes & ears to check for any changes or abnormalities such as ulcers, cataracts, or infection.
- The abdomen to palpate the organs and check the size, check for pain, or any unusual lumps
- The teeth and gums to look for any signs of dental disease or gingivitis
- The skin and coat to check for any changes such as hair loss, dry skin, lumps or change in pigment
- The limbs and feet are checked for any limping, muscle changes, or signs of weakness/arthritis
- The urogenital area is checked for any discharge, bleeding, or physical changes,
- The medical history and any current medication dosages will be assessed to ensure your pet is on the correct dose
- The everyday habits, housing, and nutrition are also discussed
- The vaccine Risk Assessment is also performed at the same time as your pet’s physical exam and is used to determine the necessity of vaccination. Exposure to disease, immune issues, and previous vaccine history will be discussed and also your pet’s individual needs, and life stage are all determining factors in a vaccine risk assessment.
Along with routine exams, we also offer medical consultations to investigate and treat the various diseases and illnesses your pet may encounter throughout its lifetime including eye pressure testing & cardiology testing. Dr. Jackson has a strong interest in dermatology.
SPAYING AND NEUTERING
An ovariohysterectomy (females) or orchidectomy (males) is a procedure that has many benefits to your pet. Not only does it help control the pet population, but it will also reduce unwanted sexual behaviours such as marking territory, roaming, and some types of aggression. It also helps to eliminate or decrease the risk of hormone-related diseases such as certain types of cancer, and infections of the sexual organs.
Proper cleaning and care of your pet’s teeth is crucial to their well being, general health and preventative care at home is the best way to ensure your pet has a healthy mouth. Brushing your pet’s teeth and feeding a diet aimed at cleaning your pet’s teeth is recommended by our veterinarian and staff.
Ultrasonic scale and polish of your pet’s teeth is performed when necessary under an anaesthetic and is used to thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth, above and below the gum line.
All Dental surgical procedures and cleanings include full mouth dental X-rays.
Our pets do not have a voice and because of natural instinct they will often times hide their pain or sickness for several days, sometimes weeks, from their owners. A thorough physical exam is performed on your pet, and at the same time further diagnostics may be required in order to evaluate organ function and help us provide the best treatment possible for your pet.
In-House Lab Testing
Most of our diagnostics can be performed right in our clinic using state of the art lab equipment from Scil Laboratories. Our equipment allows the veterinarian to receive blood work results within the same day to help them reach a faster diagnosis, thus starting your pet on any necessary treatment as soon as possible.
With our in-house lab equipment, we can draw a blood sample and check the organ functions such as the kidney, liver, pancreas, and thyroid. We can also have a closer look at the performance of the red and white blood cells. We are also able to run urine tests, and test for various diseases like Feline Leukemia/FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) in cats and Parvovirus in dogs.
We perform in-house lab testing on your pet prior to any surgical procedure by running tests the morning of surgery and getting results within the hour. Pre-anaesthetic blood testing is highly valuable, even for young animals, as it provides us with a complete picture of your pet’s health prior to using any anaesthetic and can help us choose an anaesthetic regime suitable to your pets needs. Pre-anaesthetic blood testing is routinely performed on any animal receiving an anaesthetic.
Radiology, or X-rays, are also performed in-house and provides our veterinarian with a picture of the muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary systems.
ACCESS TO SPECIALISTS
Some diagnostic testing requires resources not available locally so our clinic may refer your pet to other hospitals and colleges for more specialized diagnostics and surgeries.
Microchips are a form of identification used to reunite lost pets with their families. It is a small chip (the size of a grain of rice) that is inserted underneath the skin of your pet, between the shoulder blades.
We carry a broad range of Medi-Cal/ Royal Canin, Purina & Hills products to suit any life stage or a specific need of your pet. Some diseases in animals require specific diets to control/manage symptoms and can be provided through our veterinary clinic.
We also offer nutritional planning and counselling to help take the best care of your pet.
If your pet requires a special diet that is not routinely sold at our clinic we may be able to order it in for you.
Our technicians can demonstrate to you how to properly trim your pet’s nails, and can also perform nail trims for your pet BY APPOINTMENT.
ANAL GLAND EXPRESSION
Anal gland expression can be performed by our technicians BY APPOINTMENT.
We offer complete professional grooming for all breeds of dogs and cats at our clinic. Certain breeds—especially those with long hair that mats easily—may need assistance keeping themselves clean. Animals that are older or have physical disabilities may also benefit from our grooming services.
If your pet is having trouble taking care of regular grooming, it can be a sign of an underlying health issue. Be sure to mention this when you schedule an appointment. You can also call us anytime to discuss your concerns.
During your pet’s grooming session, he or she will receive a bath in specially formulated shampoo tailored to his or her individual needs, as well as a haircut of your choice, a nail trim, and ear cleaning. We will also check and clean your pet’s eyes, paws, and pads. We know how to keep your pet calm and comfortable during grooming, so if a bath or nail trim is normally stressful, you can let us take care of those responsibilities so you—and your pet—can relax.
Besides just making your pet look and smell good, grooming provides health benefits. Regular brushing helps remove dead hair, mats, and dirt and distributes natural oils throughout the fur, keeping the coat clean and healthy. Trimming hair around the face, ears, paw pads, and other areas can help prevent infections and irritation and keep debris from accumulating. Trimming nails can prevent joint pain, stiffness, and chiropractic problems.
In addition to providing grooming services, we can teach you techniques to help keep your pet well-groomed. And feel free to ask for a product recommendation or browse our pet-safe shampoos, conditioners, and other grooming products in our reception area.
PUPPY TRAINING/ADULT OBEDIENCE CLASS
The right training can make all the difference in your lifelong relationship with your dog. The goal of our puppy and adult obedience classes is to teach basic manners, encouraging good behaviour, prevent problems and increase socialization. All while helping you establish a strong bond with your companion.
We will be offering group sessions for both puppy and adult obedience classes, as well as scheduled private adult classes. Puppy classes will range from age 9 weeks – 6 months, our adult obedience classes will range from 6 months and older. Current vaccinations ( including Kennel cough) are required to join our puppy and adult obedience classes, unless medically exempt.
We will show you how to teach your dog what you expect of him or her through consistent, reward-based training. The effort you put into training will pay off down the road. Please contact us to sign up for our puppy or adult obedience classes.