Dental disease is a very common health problem in our pets. Signs that your pet may have dental disease include bad breath, discoloration of teeth, tartar, swollen or inflamed gums, abnormal eating or chewing habits, swelling of the face or bleeding from the mouth. We will evaluate your pet’s mouth at the annual checkup. Dental disease is serious, as it can be painful and it can affect organs in the body when the bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream. Our dentistry services under general anesthesia include dental radiology (x-rays), local anesthetic freezing prior to extractions, complete charting, scaling, and cleaning (prophylaxis), and post-op care and counseling.
Ultrasonography: This technique uses sound waves projected on a computer monitor to visualize and evaluate internal organs and structures such as liver, kidneys, bladder, heart, etc. It can be used to monitor pregnancy, detect tumours, detect fluid, and assist with biopsies.
Radiology: X-rays are used to evaluate the bones and internal organs of our patients. An x-ray beam passes through the pet and creates a digital image for the veterinarian to interpret. Often, radiographs can be taken without sedating your pet but sometimes sedation is required so we can get the best possible information from this test.
Endoscopy: This refers to procedures in which internal structures are evaluated non-invasively with a fiber optic scope and camera. We routinely use endoscopy to retrieve foreign bodies (for example, a toy stuck in a dog’s throat), and to collect tissue samples (biopsies) for evaluation. Endoscopy is a service that is offered to our clients and to other veterinary hospitals on a referral basis. Laboratory Diagnostics: Our skilled staff will collect your pet’s blood and urine for analysis in either our well-equipped in-house laboratory or at our referral laboratory. Our in-house lab allows us to perform hematology (complete blood count – CBC), blood chemistry, urinalysis and more so that we can assess your sick pet quickly when a timely response is necessary. We are equipped to examine fecal samples for parasites, blood and other problems. Our veterinarians and technicians also perform cytology (examination of cells under a microscope) as well.
Cardiology: To evaluate your pet’s heart we may use a combination of auscultation (listening with a stethoscope), cardiac ultrasound, or electrocardiogram (ECG). We have the ability to perform ECG (Electrocardiogram) assessment of your pet’s heart in clinic. We can assess this ourselves or have it evaluated by a board certified veterinary cardiologist. An ECG can give us clues about the causes of a heart murmur or arrhythmia (abnormal rhythm).
Ophthalmology: We have all standard equipment for assessing your pet’s eyes, plus we have a tonometer which is used for checking eye pressure, this is very important for conditions such as glaucoma.
Dermatology: We have many tools available for assessing and treating your pet’s skin condition. We will work with you to diagnose and treat your pet’s skin disease, nail problem, ear infection, allergies, or other condition. Depending on the suspected cause, we may offer cytology (examination of cells under the microscope), biopsy and histology, parasite control, medications, or diet advice.
Surgery: Many surgical procedures are performed at our clinic including routine neuter and spay surgeries, orthopedic (bone) surgeries and soft tissue surgeries. Dr. Arnold Wiren also performs many complex surgical procedures referred by other veterinary clinics.
Anesthesia: Anesthesia at our clinic is customized to the individual patient. Ask us about pre-anesthetic bloodwork (to evaluate internal organs and help us choose the safest drugs for your pet), intravenous fluids (given for safety and to support blood pressure during surgery), and our monitoring equipment (we routinely monitor heart rate with an ECG, oxygen saturation of the blood using pulse oximetry, carbon dioxide, blood pressure, respiration, and more.
Wellness and Preventative Medicine: Vaccination and wellness programs are customized for your pet’s lifestyle and are aimed at preventing disease and keeping your pet healthy throughout life. Ask our veterinarians and staff about protecting and treating your pet for common parasites such as fleas, ear mites, and worms. Behaviour problems are not uncommon, ask us if your pet has a behaviour problem such as aggression, house soiling or anxiety. Our veterinarians and staff are here to assist you.What your pet eats can have a significant impact on health. Discuss your pet’s diet with us at your next appointment.