Preventive Services

You can help keep your pet healthy by protecting him or her against parasites. Heartworms, fleas, ticks, and other internal and external parasites are much more than just pests; they can cause life-threatening conditions in your pet—and cause severe, potentially fatal, health problems for you and your family.We will recommend a preventive regimen for your pet based on lifestyle and risk factors. We can also provide advice on keeping your whole household safe from parasitic infection. Set up an appointment with us to discuss parasite prevention, or call us to refill your pet’s medication. Protect your pet and your family today!

Pharmacy

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Pets come in many shapes and sizes. At our hospital we carry a complete in-house pharmacy, but some pets may require special doses or prefer a liquid or a flavored chew over traditional tablets and capsules. We have also kept those pets in mind and offer custom medication compounding. For more information about having your pets medication compounded please ask one of our receptionists.

Sometimes a trip to our hospital does not fit in with your busy day, or re-ordering your pets medication may have slipped your mind during regular buisness hours. For these situations we offer an optional online renewal and delivery service for your convenience. www.myvetstore.ca/

When you order from us, you’ll know that the products you’re purchasing have been stored properly and are approved for use on your pet and in Canada! If you have any questions, you can ask your veterinarian.

Cats Only!

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In January 2013 we made the decision to become a cat friendly practice. To do this we are taking steps to ensure cats get the specialized care they deserve. We have designated a cat specific exam room, hospital ward and are taking steps to help ensure the visit to our practice is a positive experience.

 

Thinking About a New Pet?

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When considering to add a puppy or kitten to your family there are many things to consider as a family before choosing new pet. It is easy to get excited, confused or even overwhelmed by the different breeds available. If you have any questions a quick call to our office and we can help answer some basic questions and get you started in the right direction.

Once you have chosen your new pet it is important to have them checked within the first week (or as recommended by the breeder) to ensure there are no underlying health concerns and to have their vaccinations updated. Both puppies and kitten need a series of vaccines just like children do. These booster need to be 21-28 days apart to ensure proper immunity. If you are unsure if your pet is up to date with all their vaccines please have all your paper work with you when you contact us.

At your new pets first appointment you are going to be overwhelmed with information. Please make sure to bring all the paper work you have received with him, as well as a list of questions or concerns your family may have. We will send you home with an information package, some food recommendations and the option of pet insurance trial.

If you have any questions before your next visit please do not hesitate to send us a quick email or give us a call, we are here to help.

Make an Appointment

We are happy to book an appointment for you. Please understand this is not an automatic process. Once we receive you request, we will contact you to confirm a date and time that is as close to your request as possible.This form should only be used for requesting appointments that will take place at least 2 full business days after the time of the submission of this form.If your appointment has not been confirmed within 24 hours, please feel free to contact the practice by phone to confirm. 613-835-2883
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Flea Prevention and Control

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Itchy pets, tiny bugs, why wait until there is a problem when there is a prevention! Aside from being annoying and gross fleas can also cause other problems for pets ranging from itching, irritation, and allergies, but they can also transmit tapeworms and diseases. Fleas can infest dogs, cats, ferrets, mice, and rats. And fleas don’t just stay on pets; they can bite people, and infest your home. For more information, contact us or see the flea article in the Pet Health Library on our site.

Is your pet indoor only? Many pet owners feel that if the pet is not traveling outdoors they will not get fleas, but in reality if one pet in the household goes outside they can bring fleas into your home. This also applies to apartment pets. Other pets in the apartment building could be bringing fleas into the building and the door to your home will not stop these pests!

There are many flea products available depending on the concerns you have for your pet. There are flea only products and combination products that will also prevent heartworm, ticks, and even some intestinal parasites.

Contact Us to find out how to eliminate and control fleas or to start your pet on a preventive today.

Heartworm Prevention

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When they bite, mosquitoes can transmit heartworm infection. And those heartworms can wreak havoc on your dog or cat. These parasites can severely and sometimes fatally damage the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Some pets may not show any signs of infection; in those that do, symptoms can vary widely.

In dogs, signs of heartworm disease can range from coughing, fatigue, and weight loss to difficulty breathing and a swollen abdomen (caused by fluid accumulation from heart failure). Canine heartworm infection can also lead to a life-threatening complication called “caval syndrome” (a form of liver failure); without prompt surgical intervention, this condition usually causes death.

Although often thought to not be susceptible to heartworm infection, cats can indeed get heartworms. Cats can suffer from a syndrome referred to as heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD); the symptoms can be subtle and may mimic those of asthma or allergic bronchitis. Signs of respiratory distress, such as rapid or difficult breathing, wheezing, and panting, are common. Other symptoms include coughing, vomiting (typically unrelated to eating), and loss of appetite or weight. Heartworm infection is more difficult to diagnose in cats than it is in dogs.

Treatment for heartworm infection is far more expensive than prevention—and it can actually kill your dog. There is no approved treatment for cats. Some cats spontaneously rid themselves of the infection; others might not survive it. And even one or two adult heartworms in a cat can cause serious problems.

Fortunately, there’s a way to keep your dog or cat safe: by administering monthly heartworm preventives. Most heartworm medications also protect your pet against other parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, ear mites, fleas, and ticks. We can recommend a regimen of prevention for your pet.

Tick Prevention

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Ticks are becoming more and more prevalent in North America, and they’re now being found in areas where people and pets didn’t previously encounter ticks. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance; they can cause serious—and sometimes deadly—diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis. Contact us immediately if your pet starts coughing or has joint pain, trouble breathing, fever, weakness, or loss of appetite, weight, energy, or coordination.

Keep ticks off your pet by keeping your dog or cat on a tick preventive. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside on your clothing or shoes. Tick preventives are safe and effective at controlling ticks and the diseases they carry. Call us to get your pet protected today!

Don’t panic if you find a tick on your dog or cat, even if your pet is on a preventive. Some preventives kill ticks after they’ve come in contact with your pet. Ticks can hide under your pet’s fur, so as an added measure of protection, we recommend checking your pet for ticks every time your pet comes in from outside. And don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have.