Since our pets age more rapidly than we do, it is important to have them evaluated more frequently. Regular wellness exams play a critical role in early detection of numerous ailments.
Cat and dog exams are similar to your checkup at the veterinarian. Our goal is to perform a thorough assessment of your pet’s health so we can assign treatment where needed or just work on maintaining your pet’s wellness. For wellness exams, we’ll thoroughly evaluate your pet’s health and make sure no problems are brewing beneath the surface. In the event your pet is brought in for a sick exam, we’ll address your concerns and assess their symptoms so we can quickly get them the care they need.
Routine vaccinations are one of the best ways to protect the health of your pet. We use only well-tested combinations of vaccines to protect against the most serious diseases in our area. Each pet is evaluated for the appropriate vaccinations needed. Alternatively, we can periodically perform vaccine titers (blood tests) to assess your pet’s immune status and need for vaccine boosters.
Here’s what you can expect at an exam:
As a pet parent, spaying or neutering your puppy or kitten is an important decision in their early life. We know having a surgery performed on your fur baby can be scary. But our team of highly trained veterinarians can perform this routine surgery using the best safety measures, in a warm, welcoming environment right here in Yaletown.
Having your pet microchipped is one of the best ways to increase your pet’s chances of getting home if he or she is lost or stolen and winds up at an animal shelter or veterinary office. Unlike dog tags and collars, which can fall off or be removed, microchipping is a more permanent form of identifying your dog or cat.
Microchipping is mandatory to enter several countries around the world. Microchipping typically offered at time of spay or neuter.
Your pet’s teeth and gums are vital to their health and well-being. Dogs and cats use their mouths for just about everything: eating, playing, exploring, and even protecting themselves! When they have discomfort from dental disease, it can take a toll on not only their health, but their quality of life.
At VDPH, we offer comprehensive dental therapy. This consists of general anesthesia and ultrasonic scaling with polishing, dental X-rays, and dental sealant or fluoride treatment.
For more serious dental disease, tooth extractions may be indicated. We distinguish ourselves from many animal hospitals in that only our veterinarians perform the oral surgery, including extractions.
BE PROACTIVE WITH YOUR PET’S DENTAL CARE.
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VDPH offers emergency vet care services during our regular business hours. As your primary care veterinarian, we already know your pet, and can get them fast care that’s already personalized to their needs. Plus, we’re able to offer quality follow-up care after your pet’s urgent care services.
While it may be difficult to access if your pet requires emergency care or not, we have compiled a list of common medical ailments that require immediate medical attention.
Surgery is an important service in veterinary medicine. Many procedures help your pet live longer, healthier lives by preventing or correcting serious medical conditions.
Our modern surgical facility and state-of-the-art equipment gives our surgical team the ability to employ cutting edge techniques when performing surgical procedures. When it comes to pet safety and compassionate care, we hold ourselves to the most stringent standards. A successful outcome to your pet’s surgery is our highest priority. Before, during, and after surgery, our staff will monitor your pet to make sure they feel comfortable and calm. We will also keep you apprised of when they are safely out of surgery, and how they are doing in recovery.
Common soft tissue procedures we perform include:
Orthopedic surgeries we perform include:
Our on-site, modern X-ray equipment provides high-quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. There have been many advancements in digital X-ray technology, and we can now manipulate the digital images that we take. This allows us to diagnose issues that may not be seen on a traditional X-ray. Because the X-rays are digital, we can also easily share the images with specialists for more difficult cases.
Diagnostic ultrasound, has proven to be a powerful tool in veterinary medicine. As a practice, one of our goals is to offer state-of-the-art medicine and diagnostic testing; so we are pleased to offer ultrasound services as a means of providing a higher level of quality care to our patients.
Ultrasonography is a type of diagnostic technique that uses ultrasound waves to produce an imaging study. This means that when we perform ultrasonography, we can see internal images of the patient’s body. Unlike some other imaging studies, like x-rays, ultrasonography does not use radiation. Instead, ultrasonography uses high-frequency sound (ultrasound) waves to create a picture of what is inside your pet’s body. Ultrasonography is a completely non-invasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases.
An ultrasound machine generates ultrasound waves. The machine is connected to a small probe that is held gently against your pet’s skin. The probe sends out painless ultrasound waves that bounce off of structures (for example, organs) in your pet’s body and return to a sensor inside the ultrasound machine. The ultrasound equipment collects these reflected “echoes” and uses them to generate images that are viewable on a screen. Ultrasound waves can generate excellent images of abdominal organs, including the liver, spleen, gallbladder, and kidneys. It is also useful for assessing fetal health and monitoring pregnancy in breeding animals, and it can help us diagnose and stage (determine the severity of) some forms of cancer.
Because ultrasound images are produced in real time, this technology can be used to evaluate the heart as it beats. This can help us detect abnormalities in the motion of heart valves, blood flow through the heart, and contractions of the heart muscle. It can also be used to assess the heart for defects. As we strive to provide our patients with the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer ultrasound as one of our diagnostic capabilities which will be performed by a Board Certified Radiologist.
Endoscopy : A fiberoptic endoscope is a long, narrow tube with a tiny camera at the tip. An endoscope can be rigid or very flexible, depending on what procedure it is used for.
Endoscopy provides us with a full-color, magnified view of the area of interest. Additionally, endoscopic procedures are usually non-invasive or minimally invasive. We strive to offer our patients the highest level of medicine, and we are glad to be able to offer endoscopy as one of our diagnostic procedures.
Rhinoscopy : Discharge from the nose, excessive sneezing, reverse sneezing and bleeding from the nose are common symptoms seen in cats and dogs with various nasal and sinus problems. Diagnosing the cause of the problem can be difficult due to the inaccessibility of the nasal passages for direct examination. With rhinoscopy, we can gain direct access to the nasal cavity to visualize the problem and take biopsy samples. During the procedure, the patient is under anesthesia and a fiberoptic endoscope is passed up into the nose and through the nasal cavity. Below is an image of a normal nasal cavity.Blood Test is one of the best ways to assess your pet’s health and detect any underlying conditions. Cats and dogs are masters at hiding signs of illness in their early stages, long before physical symptoms are present. Yet, with blood work, we get a glimpse of what’s going on beneath the surface and can detect illness in its earliest stages—and treat it before it gets worse. We know that being able to quickly process lab work can lead to quicker diagnosis and treatment for your pet.
Our in-house laboratory allows for rapid analysis of routine blood, urine, feces and cytology samples. Blood sample diagnostics evaluates the types and levels of various cells and proteins within the circulation. These results are instrumental in assessing organ function, response to medications and the overall health of your pet. Similarly, urine samples provided key insight into kidney function, possible infections, and progression of chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Fecal results can be screened in-house for signs of parasites or bacterial growth.Our hospital is also equipped to perform basic in-house cytology, reviewed by our veterinarian. For more specialized tests, we utilize various trusted external veterinary reference laboratories, ensuring that your pet receives a detailed diagnosis.
Euthanasia is commonly referred to as “putting down” or “putting to sleep”. This is a very hard decision many pet owners must make at the last stage of their pet’s life.
Just as we all age, so do our beloved pets. As much as we would love for all of our pets to be in our lives forever, there comes a time to say goodbye. Euthanasia offers a peaceful, controlled option for the end of our pet’s life. Based on your pet’s quality of life, euthanasia may be something to consider.
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Peninsula Parkade: 1201 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, V6Z2V2.
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