Preventative Health Care
Our preventive health care services are designed to prevent diseases and prolong the lives of your pets. Early diagnosis of a disease process can lead your pet to a longer, healthier life. Kidney disease, if diagnosed early, will allow us to modify your dog or cat’s diet and in some cases add supplements to their diet to potentially extend their lives. There are many other conditions to which an early diagnosis is advantageous.
We can also advise you of preventive care strategies to prevent infectious diseases, parasites, nutritional diseases, etc.
Special Diagnostic Services
We have several special diagnostic instruments:
1. Tonopen – this is an instrument to accurately measure the pressure of the eye. It is used to detect glaucoma. Certain breeds of dogs and cats are prone to glaucoma development and we recommend checking the pressures once or twice a year in these breeds. We also check pressures once a year in older pets.
2. Doppler Blood Pressure – as the name suggests, this instrument uses ultrasound to measure a pet’s blood pressure. Monitoring blood pressure in pets is just as important as in people and can easily be done during a visit to the hospital. We usually suggest monitoring a pet’s blood pressure more frequently with age or if your pet is known to have heart, thyroid, kidney or other organ problems.
3. EKG – just as with humans, we need to check heart rhythm if any abnormality is observed when we listen to the heart with a stethoscope.
Retail Store & Pet Nutrition Centre
Our retail store provides you with a variety of pet supplies from food to play toys. You are assured that the food, treats, toys and other accessories are ‘vet approved’ for your pet.
We have preselected all of the items we carry based on their benefit to you and your pet. They have been tested in our own homes with our family pets.
Our team has extensive nutrition training and can advise you on all aspects of your pet’s diet. We have the unique ability to provide our pets with a 100% high quality, balanced diet with every mouthful. Choosing a high quality diet that has been well researched can help keep your pet healthy and may also extend your pet’s life.
Feeding your pet a properly balanced, high quality diet can add years to your pet’s life.
Specialist Referral Services
We can consult with by phone or send your pet to veterinary specialists in Ottawa, Toronto or Guelph as required. Our profession has many specialty disciplines as in human medicine – from cardiologists to ophthalmologists (eye doctors). We work closely with these specialists to ensure your pet receives the best possible care.
Oral health is as important to our pets as it is to us. Pets do not develop cavities but do develop periodontal disease (disease of the gums ). This causes inflammation around the teeth and eventually leads to tooth loss. Inflammation in the mouth causes the blood vessels there to become easily penetrated by bacteria. Bacteria enter the blood stream and are carried to organs throughout the body. This can lead to early organ failure.
By keeping the teeth free of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease and the resulting organ damage can be eliminated or minimized.
Proper oral hygiene has several components. First, regular homecare consisting of daily brushing and/or application of a veterinary oral cleansing gel. Dental diets also exist which can slow the build up of plaque. The ultimate in dental care is to have your pet’s teeth cleaned ultrasonically, polished and a thorough dental exam performed every year. Remember, we have our teeth cleaned ultrasonically at least annually, sometimes twice a year at which time a dentist examines our teeth and mouth. Our pet’s teeth need the same level of care to prevent any problems.
We have in house laboratory equipment performing basic and emergency bloodwork and urine analysis. We are also able to perform basic analysis of lumps and bumps to determine the nature of these and determine a course of action.
We also have daily delivery of our samples to a Veterinary Laboratory in Markham which provides us with same day results. This lab is one of the most modern in North America, performing many specialty tests and state-of- the -art DNA testing. We are fortunate to have a relationship with such a world-class lab. They have raised our diagnostic capabilities to the level in human medicine.
Weight Management and Control
Maintenance of a proper weight is very important to the overall health of your pet. We can advise you on a proper diet and treats as well as appropriate exercise for your pet. Regular monitoring of your pet’s weight and body condition score are very important. We monitor these every 2 to 4 weeks to ensure progress on your pet’s diet and fitness routine.
Pet Selection Counselling
Thinking of adopting a new pet?
A thorough investigation into the type of pet which is best for your family situation will help ensure that you have a match made in heaven.
Ask us for advice on selecting your new pet. We love to play matchmaker!!
Microchip Pet Identification
Microchipping has become a very popular and safe way to permanently identify your pet and you as the owner in the unfortunate case that your pet is lost. Microchipping involves placement of a small electronic chip the size and shape of a piece of rice just under the skin in the neck area.
If your pet becomes lost and is found by a humane society, animal control officer or veterinarian, they will be able to scan your pet for the chip and contact you. The scanner is similar to a scanner found in the grocery store.
Our operating theatre is equipped with monitoring equipment to ensure the highest standards of pet safety possible. For the ultimate in pet comfort during surgical procedures, we provide thick, heated padding. Proper and careful treatment of patients during surgery and recovery can significantly speed recovery from any surgery.
We provide many surgical services at our hospital including routine spay and neuters, soft-tissue surgeries and orthopedic surgeries. Occasionally, we refer our patients to specialists (board certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations.
Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring
Anesthesia and patient monitoring varies greatly among hospitals. Our anesthetized patients are monitored using our very strict protocols to ensure the ultimate in safety. We have several pieces of equipment to monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, respiratory rate, body temperature, and EKG. These parameters are monitored and recorded on EVERY anesthetized pet.
Anesthetics are chosen based on their safety for each individual situation. Very young and very old patients require special anesthetics. Anesthetics can also be chosen based on their ability to control pain.
To help us decide on the anesthetic to use, we recommend that each pet receives some blood work before hand to evaluate organ function.
We also recommend that each anesthetic patient receives an intravenous catheter to receive warm fluids during any procedure and also allow quick IV access as required during the anesthetic.
Many pet behaviour problems can be easily managed if diagnosed and treated early. Our nursing staff has special training in pet behaviour issues and can help you deal with any abnormal behaviours which your pet develops.
Giving Back to Our Community
Hastings Veterinary Hospital continues to support local charities.
Pain Management and Control
We know the issue of pain management is of great concern to pet owners today. As in human medicine, we have a variety of medications available to manage your pet’s pain both before and after surgery and in the event of a traumatic injury. We would be pleased to discuss the options available to you and your pet under any of the above circumstances.
Pets feel pain just like us and pain management is an important part of veterinary medicine. We now have several new generation pain medications available to us that are safe and licensed for long term use in our pets. Gone are the days when we used a little aspirin!
Recognizing, diagnosing and treating chronic pain in our animal companions can provide years of comfort to both the pet and the pet owner. We can help you make the right choices for your pet and advise you on health monitoring for your pet that needs chronic medication for pain.
We also offer pain packages for those pets undergoing routine surgical procedures and of course for those pets in pain due to a traumatic injury. There is no need to let our beloved family pets suffer when safe pain medication is now readily available.