Wellness Care for your Dog
Flea Control, Pain Control and more Services that we offer to Make Your Dog More Happy, Healthy and Comfortable
Our animal hospital in Surrey provides high quality surgery and wellness care for your dog. We care about your pet’s health and our wellness programs are designed to keep your dog healthy and happy.
Preventive Care for your Dog
Apart from the annual check-up that examines your dog from head to tail, we have a wellness program designed to offer your mature dog or new puppy all the benefits of veterinary services. We provide the following wellness services to help keep your puppy or mature dog healthy and comfortable:
- Flea control – Fleas have the potential to be a major problem for your dog since they can be the cause of itchiness and allergies, making your dog uncomfortable and unhappy. Fleas are the source of tapeworms that infect your dog. The BC lower mainland is known as the” flea capital of Canada”. Fleas are present all year round and once brought into the house, will multiply quite happily, no matter what the weather outside! One female flea can actually lay thousands of eggs in her lifetime. At our Surrey animal hospital, we offer many safe, easy and effective options to control fleas including once monthly pills or topical treatments. We’ll recommend a suitable flea prevention or control program for your dog.
- Vaccinations for common (core) and less-common(non-core) diseases – Vaccinations include canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, rabies, Leptospirosis, bordetella, and Lyme disease.
- Blood Testing – We have an in house laboratory and are able to do senior wellness blood testing for your senior dog to check his or her organ function, thyroid levels and blood cell counts quickly and easily. We also provide preventive wellness blood work for adult pets as well as pre-anesthetic blood work prior to surgery to improve anesthetic safety.
- Parasite detection – A common misconception is that you can see worms in your pets feces. Unless your dog has an extremely heavy worm burden, it is unlikely you will see the worms. After all, the worm survives by LIVING in the intestine. They bite and hold on to the intestinal lining and reproduce, releasing eggs into the intestine. A sample of your pets poop will be checked microscopically for the presence of worm eggs. We can number of internal parasites including:
- Roundworms, which are the most common intestinal worms of puppies. These cause gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting and are a potential risk to humans, especially children.
- Hookworm, and whip worm can also cause additional problems such as internal bleeding and anemia. Anemia refers to low count of red blood cells.
- Tapeworms – Fleas are the source of these worms for your dog. Regular monthly flea prevention year round is the best way to prevent these worms. Tapeworms are not easily identified on microscopic fecal tests since they release egg packets or segments. They occasionally show up in the stool or around the anal area and look like small pieces of rice. They can cause your dog to have a very itchy bum and scoot along the ground!
Dog Pain Control and Surgical Procedures
We understand how uncomfortable your dog is when suffering from pain and we have a number of treatment protocols to help control and eliminate pain. We also offer surgical procedures, which are listed below. For complex operations, we are able to bring in or refer our clients to board-certified veterinary surgeons. We use pain control before, during and after all surgeries to ensure your dog is comfortable. We also use laser therapy post operatively to reduce pain and promote healing. Here are the surgical services that we offer:
- Soft Tissue Surgery – Soft tissue surgery refers to procedures that are not associated with bone. One of the most common surgeries that we perform at our clinic is the removal of growths or lumps. Although many lumps can be benign, some may be cancerous and so it’s better to be safe and test and remove any lumps of concern. We perform laceration suturing, general eye and ear surgeries as required to name a few.
- Orthopedic Surgery – Orthopedic surgery refers to bone surgery, which may be necessary when dogs have been hit by a car and leg fractures occur, disc disease, ligament tears or hip dysplasia arise. We can perform various orthopedic surgeries at our clinic, and are we are able to bring or refer to board certified veterinary surgeons as needed.
- Spaying – This is the surgical procedure that involves removal of the uterus and both ovaries for female dogs, which makes them unable to reproduce. By spaying, we help prevent the overpopulation of dogs and eliminate the annoying heat cycles that attract male dogs. Most importantly, spaying reduces the risk of serious illnesses like pyometra (a form of uterine infection in female dogs) and mammary cancer.
- Neutering – Neutering is a procedure for male dogs that is similar to spaying for females, and renders a male dog incapable of reproduction. By neutering we help prevent dog overpopulation, undesirable aggressive and roaming behaviours among male dogs. Another important benefit of neutering male dogs is the prevention of prostate disease and various cancers.
You are welcome to visit us or call us and find out more about our surgical procedures and services. Our doctors and team members at our caring animal hospital here in Surrey, BC understand that your dog is a special member of your family. Call us at (604) 591-5304.