- We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide.
Preventative Health Care
We can start to help you with your feline veterinary care as soon as you bring your new kitten home!! We are here to answer all of your questions.
Your first kitten visit will include:
- A full Wellness Exam with the veterinarian - Your kitten will have a full health check. This will include checking for external parasites, and deworming or fecal testing for internal parasites.
- Blood testing for Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is recommended for all new kittens.
- The vet tech and the doctor will spend time discussing feline behaviour, nutrition, health insurance, the spay or neuter surgery and the option of declawing indoor cats.
- Vaccinations against the feline viral diseases and rabies.
After the first year's kitten care, all cats, including those who stay live indoors only, should receive yearly health exams with the doctor including:
- A complete exam to check: eyes, ears, nose, throat, skin and coat, musculo-skeletal, dental exam, heart and lungs, lymph nodes, abdominal palpation, neurologic function.
- Monitoring of body weight to prevent obesity, or detect unexplained weight loss.
- A discussion of dental care; dental disease can often become a concern in cats relatively early in life.
- Vaccinations - these will be recommended even for indoor cats due to the concern that some cat diseases can only prevented not treated. Sometimes indoor cats get out unexpectedly, putting them at risk. Also consider thatbats can get into houses (rabies) and the fact that a lot of the feline viral colds are airborne, and easily transmitted even through open windows.
Drop-Off Appointments Available
With people's busy lives, we are pleased to be able to offer drop-off appointments for full care. Your cat can stay with us for the day in a comfortable kennel at no extra charge and receive an exam with the doctor and any necessary health care. Care will only be performed after we call you at the phone number you provide to discuss with you and review costs. Our calm environment will be low stress for your cat while they stay with us.
We are proud to offer full cat grooming services performed by our experienced veterinary technician Jackie Cook. Most cats who need to be groomed are long haired, and many of them have problems with their coats becoming matted which makes their skin uncomfortable. Usually Jackie performs a "lion cut" where the hair on the body is clipped short leaving the hair on the head and tail long. Cats being groomed are also bathed, blow dried and have their nails trimmed. Some cats do need to be sedated for grooming, this reduces the stress for them, and keeps Jackie safe from nails and teeth! If you are interested in grooming, please call the clinic and speak with Jackie, she is at the clinic on Mondays and Thursdays, and most grooming takes place on Thursdays.
Sick Cat Care
You should be alert to the fact that cats are secretive about not feeling well. They are "masters at hiding their diseases". Be on the look out for subtle signs of illness; these include being less friendly and interactive, any weight loss, even one or two days of not eating well, vomiting or hairballs more than once a week, diarrhea. If you notice any of these concerns, call us and we will book an exam and consult with the doctor.
If you call us concerned that your cat may be sick, the veterinary technician answering the phone will advise you of how concerned you should be, and will book a consultation as soon as is necessary. The technician on the phone will determine whether this is an emergency. Sick cats who are not eating often need to have blood and urine testing as well as X-rays to help diagnose the illness. We will perform all of these procedures in our hospital. Sick cats may also need to stay in the hospital for treatment and care. Rest assured that we will treat them as though were our own feline family member.
In addition to sending many blood tests and other samples out to the lab, many tests are done on site to allow our veterinarians to have results quickly. Lab work done on site includes; urine analysis, fecal floatation, ear cytology, and skin cytology. We also send tests away to an animal lab that specializes in this field of work. When specimens are sent out, results are usually back within 24 hours.
All routine surgeries run by appointment. Spay and Neuter surgeries are booked once routine vaccinations are completed. Other surgical procedures such as mass removals, ophthalmic surgeries and dental surgeries are booked after consultation with the doctor.
Dental disease is one of the most common concerns that vets see in cats. As cats age, they can develop periodontal disease and severe dental infections which cause oral pain and discomfort. For this reason, dental care is an important focus in our clinic. We will explain dental home care, and we recommend dental diets. If the dental disease has progressed, your cat may need in clinic dental procedures. All dental procedures are performed under general anesthetic. While the cat is sleeping, we scale off tartar deposits and then the teeth are polished smooth. Dental charting is performed and unhealthy teeth are surgically extracted to prevent pain and infection.
Radiology - X-rays are taken and developed on site. X-rays can be very helpful whenever a cat is ill, we can diagnose a variety of diseases on x-rays. Radiographs or x-rays are images created by passing a beam of x-rays through the patient and on to a special film that is held in a cassette. The different density of tissues within the cat's body absorbs different levels of the x-rays, resulting in a image of that cats' internal structures. Structures that are dense like bones appear more white on radiographs, where as tissues like the lungs which are full of air, are less dense and appear black. X-ray can be used to look at the heart, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, intestines, bladder, spine, bones and even more. We can get additional information on certain structures by using contrast medium. Barium is a liquid contrast medium used orally to highlight the intestinal tract of our patients. If we are worried about a foreign body (something the cat ingested that it shouldn't have!) barium and a series of x-rays can help determine what the cat ingested and where it is. Other types of contrast medium can be used to look for other abnormalities likes stones in the bladder.