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What Is Medicine?

Medicine refers to the examination, diagnoses and treatment of a disease or illness through non-surgical means.

Diseases that we can treat medically include:

·        Diabetes

·        Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism

·        Cushing's disease

·        Addison's disease

·        IBD

·        Cancer

Veterinary medicine is rather unique compared to other medical professions since veterinarians are extensively trained to deal with illnesses that affect all of the tissues and organs in your pet's body. We know about it from head to tail, inside and out!

Surgical Procedures

 

 

Surgery is generally divided into soft tissue surgeries and orthopedic surgeries. Orthopedic surgeries focus on bones, tendons, and joints (e.g. fracture repair), while soft tissue surgeries encompass abdomen, thorax and skin (e.g. wound repair).

The most common surgeries performed in a veterinary hospital are elective soft tissue surgeries such as spays, neuters and growth removals. Other surgeries include cruciate repair, dental surgery, exploratory/abdominal surgeries, and more!

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work

Prior to any anesthetic procedure, we strongly recommend pre-anesthetic blood work is run on our patients. Such blood testing is performed to evaluate internal organ function (kidney, liver), protein levels, electrolytes and a complete red and white blood cell count.

All of these blood work parameters allow us to minimize the risks to your pet that can be associated with anesthesia. This information helps us design an anesthetic protocol to specifically meet your pet's needs, and also gives us a good baseline of your pet's normal values, should they ever become sick in the future.

Intravenous Fluids

IV fluids help maintain a healthy blood pressure, ensure good tissue blood perfusion and help clear the anaesthetic drugs from your pet's system. 

Intravenous fluids are administered during all anesthesic procedures. Many drugs used for general anesthesia tend to cause decreases in blood pressure. Intravenous fluids combat this decrease. In addition, if there are any unforeseen adverse reactions under anesthesia, an intravenous catheter allows immediate intravenous administration of potentially life saving medications.

IV fluids are also provided to critical and sick patients. This is to help combat electrolyte abnormalities, correct dehydration, flush toxins, and stabilize patients who may be experiencing signs of shock.

 

Physical Examination & Vaccination for your Pet

One of the best ways to keep your pet healthy is with regular annual physical exams. With the help of one of our registered veterinary technicians, your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination of your pet to listen, look and feel for any subtle changes in their physical health.  As animals grow older, they become more susceptible to developing health problems, many of which can be managed through simple changes in diet, lifestyle and medicationVaccines are designed to give an individual's immune system a memory. If our white cells remember an invader like a virus or a bacteria, the chances of that organism causing trouble in the future is greatly reduced. Our clinic vaccinates according to disease risk. Because of this approach, your animal's vaccines can be tailored to your animal's health and lifestyle.

 

 

Diagnostic & Wellness Testing

We perform a number of in-house laboratory diagnostic tests.  We also use an external lab enabling us to run a vast number of diagnostic tests with a rapid turn-around time for receiving results.

Wellness testing typically consists of blood, urine and fecal analysis, and helps us keep pets healthier by proactively  preventing disease. This testing may confirm that the pet has no organ difficulties, or can allow us

to identify organ insufficiencies and diseases early on.

 

Radiology (X-rays)

 

 

 

 We use digital radiography which provides excellent quality radiographs, including dental and intraoral x-rays. This allows us to further investigate disease or injury that may not be detectable otherwise.