St. Laurent Animal Hospital has your pet's well-being at heart. We cater to the needs of all cats and dogs and provide you with essential information to help you keep their health in excellent condition.
Maintaining good health is always preferable and more economical than trying to restore health after an illness. Some of the cornerstones to good health include proper nutrition and exercise, control of internal and external parasites, maintaining good dental health and prevention of infectious diseases. Your veterinary healthcare team is best qualified to help. Just as we may visit our own doctor or dentist once or twice a year, so should our pets. Regular wellness exams allow us the opportunity to detect potential health problems before they become more serious.
Your pet's first visit is especially important in laying the foundations for good health. The veterinarian will perform a thorough examination to ensure that your new companion is in good health. In particular, the first visit is important in detecting any congenital abnormalities such as umbilical hernia or heart murmurs. The veterinarian will advise you on matters such as nutrition, early behaviour and training, internal and external parasite control and vaccination.
A plan will be tailored to suit your pet depending on what his or her lifestyle will be. For example, we believe that vaccination and deworming protocols should be customized for each pet. Will your cat stay indoors or be allowed out? Will your dog spend any time camping, at the cottage or stay mostly in the city? Will your pet ever be in a boarding facility, training classes or shows? These are some of the factors that will help your veterinarian decide on how best to design an appropriate wellness program for your pet.
Since the first vaccine was invented over 200 years ago, death and disease caused by many infectious agents have been significantly reduced. The germs are still out there but as long as we maintain a population that is protected by vaccination, we can prevent disease from breaking out. Sometimes there is a mistaken belief that diseases have been eradicated and that vaccination is no longer necessary. In fact, smallpox is the only infectious human disease that is considered to be eradicated. As recently as July of 2012, in Canada, there were outbreaks of whooping cough in unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children, tragically resulting in serious disease and even death.
Vaccination of our pets is no less important than it is in humans. In fact, transmission of diseases may be far more likely among our pets. When was the last time we saw a dog sneeze into a tissue or a cat wash her paws after using the litter box?
At the St. Laurent Animal Hospital, we recommend only those vaccines that are appropriate for your pet. In addition we use vaccines with the longest possible duration of immunity, which means that your pet will receive, over his or her lifetime, the least number of vaccines possible. In fact, the vast majority of the vaccines we use have a three-year duration of immunity, the maximum available.
Consultation with your veterinarian will help to determine which vaccines are indicated for your pet.
Finnigan, pictured here reposing on the reception counter isn't sick, but on close inspection you may notice that he is missing an eye! Indeed, poor Finnigan did have a rough go of it when he was abandoned with serious injuries that led to the surgical removal of his left eye. He recovered, with help, to good health and is now doing well.
As much as we may take steps to prevent illness, it may happen that our pets become sick. Changes in your pet's routine, loss of energy or appetite, changes in water consumption or urination, abnormal bowel movements, vomiting, coughing, sneezing, itchiness, hair loss or skin rashes are some of the symptoms that may indicate that something is wrong.
We are here to help. We offer a wide range of diagnostic services in-house, such as blood testing, urine analysis, x-ray and ultrasound. When necessary we send samples to a diagnostic laboratory and have rapid results, often within 24 hours.
The first, and hopefully only surgery your pet will ever need is the spay or neuter procedure. We recommend this procedure for all pets not intended for breeding. Performing these procedures can help reduce or prevent many unwanted behaviours such as urine marking and some aggressive behaviours. In addition, sterilization can help reduce the incidence of some serious diseases, including cancers of the reproductive system. We recommend these procedures be done at around six months of age. At this age, most patients haven't yet developed any of the unwanted behaviours and also recover quickly from the surgery.
We are also able to perform a wide variety of other surgical procedures should the need arise. Some of the more common procedures include lump removal, biopsy, bladder surgery to remove bladder stones and exploratory abdominal surgery to relieve bowel obstruction. We can also arrange for a board certified surgical specialist to come to our clinic to perform more specialized surgeries should the need arise.
"Chase", pictured here, is young and healthy and his teeth look great, but if he doesn't brush his teeth daily, he will inevitably accumulate tartar on his teeth. If the tartar buildup is allowed to continue, he will develop gum disease, dental pain and ultimately tooth loss. As the disease progresses, the dental infection may potentially spread through the body and cause disease far removed from the dental disease that caused it.
Routine dental prophylaxis removes the tartar from above and below the gum line and will prevent the consequences of un-checked dental disease. In our hospital we perform routine dental procedures as well as provide some other dental services. If necessary, we can refer to a dental specialist for more complicated procedures.
We have a pharmacy within our hospital. In most cases, if your pet needs medication we can fill that prescription right away. The veterinary governing body, the College Of Veterinarians of Ontario prohibits the dispensing of medicine unless the veterinarian has seen the patient. However, in some cases where there is an on-going need for medicine, the prescription may be refilled with a simple phone call. In all cases, prescriptions must be authorized by the doctor so please call us first should you need a prescription refilled.
What does he see? Is he going to run off chasing some sight or sound and then realize too late that he's lost?
Collar tags fall off and tattoos fade and become unrecognizable. An implanted microchip with your pet's unique identification is permanent and can be the difference between lost and found.
For your pet’s protection and your peace of mind, we can microchip your pet using internationally recognized ISO microchips. The procedure is quick and causes minimal discomfort - not much more than a routine vaccination.
"Otto" is the picture of health and vitality and his owner takes great care in maintaining him that way. It is most likely that we will outlive our pets. We hope that they will live a long and healthy life and pass away peacefully when their time comes. Sometimes, with heavy heart, we need to intervene to prevent needless pain and suffering and offer that one final service. In addition to providing euthanasia and aftercare services at the hospital, Dr. Purtscher can also visit your home so that your companion's final moments will be in familiar surroundings. Please follow the above link for more information. We are here to help you during this difficult time.
Feel free to call us for more information.