Prevention

Our goal is to make your pets happy and healthy.

Annual physical exams

Pets age faster than humans. While their lives progress more quickly, serious medical conditions do too. Annual pet physical exams can help detect serious medical conditions and allowing our facility to treat them before their status becomes unmanageable. In seeing your veterinarian annually, you have the opportunity to discuss your pet's future health outlook, and ask questions about any existing conditions. Prior to your pet's annual physical exam, note any severe changes that have occurred with your pet including: vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, weight gain/loss, excessive thirst, or increased aggression. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms or has developed any abnormal behavior since their last health check-up, please inform the veterinarian. 

  During your pet wellness exam we perform:

  • Full body physical exam
  • Dental health evaluation
  • Eyes, ears and skin evaluation
Other tests may be required to take better care of your animal:
  • Heartworm screening tests
  • Laboratory tests (blood test, urine/stool analysis, parasites evaluation)
  • X-rays
Puppy and kitten exams
Because puppies and kittens have less developed immune systems, they are far more susceptible to viral disease and parasitic infection. During puppy and kitten general exams, we examine your pet from head-to-tail and take statistics to provide a comparative chart for future visits.  We might also perform lab work.  If you get a new pet, a complete physical exam is recommended to detect any existing illness so we could promptly begin treatment.

Adult pet exams
Our physicians will examine your pet from head-to-tail,  recording vital statistics to ensure normality. If there are any pressing irregularities, lab tests or X-rays might be necessary. During the general exams, it is also a good idea to discuss diet and nutrition, as diet plays a vital role in maintaining good health. Pet owners are encouraged to consult with the veterinarian about their pet's current diet and eating habits, and discuss healthier options (if any).

Senior pet exams
Senior pets require more care than their youthful counterparts. Because older animals are more susceptible to age-related illnesses (diabetes, kidney failure, cancer), it is recommended that elderly pets receive a wellness exam twice each year, with complete lab work performed once a year. During senior general exams, our physicians take your pet's vital statistics and perform a complete head-to-tail exam, accessing any abnormalities or pain your pet might be exhibiting.
To schedule your pet's annual physical exam, contact our office today!

Vaccinations

While nursing, pets receive antibodies and nutrients from their mother's milk. When nursing stops, pets become more susceptible to illnesses because their immune systems do not have the same support they once did. As part of a preventative care routine, pet vaccinations can help protect your pet from life-threatening diseases. For most pets, routine vaccinations start around the age of 8 weeks old and continue regularly throughout adulthood. Some vaccinations are even combined into a single syringe so a pet experiences fewer injections. After being vaccinated, most young pets take about 5 days to build protective antibodies with complete protection taking place after 14 days. Some vaccines require multiple dosages given over a short period of time (ex. 2-3 doses one month apart), and most require booster shots every 1 to 3 years afterwards. Pets who have been vaccinated have an advantage over those who have not. When a disease is detected, your vaccinated pet's immune system quickly responds, decreasing the severity of the illness or preventing it altogether. Pet owners should note that vaccinations are preventative, not curative. A vaccination will prevent an illness, but if your pet is already suffering from a disease, a vaccine will not cure them.

Core and non-core pet vaccinations 

Some vaccinations are necessary for all pets and others that are recommended only under special circumstances. Core vaccinations are those that are commonly recommended for all pets, and non-core vaccinations include those that are only administered to pets considered to be ''at risk''.  Necessary vaccines depend on local regulations, geographic location, and your pet's lifestyle. Your pet will be vaccinated according to their risk of exposure and your veterinarian will discuss the best options for your pet.

Canine vaccinations

  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHPP), core vaccination
  • Bordetella (kennel cough) 
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme 
  • Rabies
Feline vaccinations
  • Feline Herpesvirus, Calici Virus, Feline Distemper, core vaccination
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV) 
  • Rabies 
Pet vaccination concerns 
 Similar to human vaccinations, pet vaccinations do carry a risk of side-effects. While negative side-effects do exist, it is important to note that your pet is statistically more likely to develop a life-threatening illness when not vaccinated, than to suffer adverse results from a vaccination. None-the-less, it is important to remain informed so you can ask your veterinarian the appropriate questions at your pet's appointment. After being vaccinated, the injection site can be swollen or sore. Some pets also have a reduced appetite, fever, and experience lethargy. These side-effects should diminish over the next 24 to 48 hours. If you notice your pet's side-effects are not subsiding, please contact our office. Very rarely, pets develop an allergy to a vaccine. Allergies can be detected within minutes of receiving a vaccination and if left untreated, can be serious. If you witness any of the following, contact our office immediately: collapse, non-stop diarrhea, continual vomiting, difficulty breathing, itching, or swelling of the  face.

Regulations regarding rabies vaccinations
While Québec does not mandate pet vaccinations for rabies, it is strongly recommended. It is mandatory in other countries (like the USA). Vaccination laws vary from country to country, so if you plan on moving with your animal, be sure to check necessary requirements to avoid problems.

If you have any questions about vaccinations or scheduling new pet vaccinations, you may contact our office at your convenience.

Deworming

Deworming your pet is an integral aspect of pet care. While a strong proportion of kittens and puppies are born with parasitic infections, most animals develop immunity over time. However, illness and stress can weaken the body's response to fight off these parasites and can awaken any dormant larvae living in your pet. Intestinal parasites affect growth and development and can be transferred between pets and pet owners. If you think your pet might be suffering from a parasitic infection (persistant diarrhea, blood in stools), we can perform fecal exams to detect microscopic parasite eggs and determine an infection.

Common internal parasites:
  • Coccidia
  • Giardia
  • Hookworms
  • Roundworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Whipworms
Puppies and kittens often already suffer from parasitic infection at the time of their adoption, but most won't show symptoms. The infection usually comes from the mother trough  intrauterine route or while she is nursing. This is why we recomand deworming them every two weeks starting at the age of 2 weeks old until 3 months old.  Starting at 3 months old, they should be dewormed every 4 weeks weeks until they reach 6 months of age.  After that period, the veterinarian will elaborate with you the best protocol for your pet considering the risks related to his life style.