Wellness is an important concept, involving regular routine physical examination, history taking and appropriate vaccination. The idea is to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to detecting and treating disease. Wellness care begins at a pets first visit to the vet when young and continues through all their life stages. Through the annual physical examination we can often detect health or behaviour problems before they become a major concern. We can also discuss changing nutritional needs, exercise programs, behaviour, parasite control and the most appropriate vaccine protocol for your pet. Remember, your pet ages much faster than you do and 1 year in your pets life may translate into 5-7 years of aging to us!
Pet Food, Supplements and Treats
We offer a wide variety of specialty and therapeutic diets for all life stages and disease conditions. We also provide special supplements for general wellness and for acute and chronic disease conditions.
Is your pet overweight but you would still like to give him or her a treat without feeling guilty? We have special calorie-reduced treats that you can give to your pet without worry. We also carry treats that help prevent gum disease.
Veterinary consultation is required for our prescription diet foods and our supplements. Call us to schedule an appointment to discuss your pet’s nutritional needs.
Microchip Pet Identification
A microchip is a small device, about the size of a grain of rice, which can be inserted under your pets skin, generally between the shoulders. If your pet is lost and is brought to a shelter or a veterinary clinic, a special scanner can be used to retrieve a unique number from your pets microchip. This number allows us to find your pets owner through a database. The chips cause no discomfort, cannot fall off or be taken off (like a collar) and can always be reliably read (unlike a tattoo). They require no anesthesia or special preparation to insert. Please ask us if you are interested in finding out more.
As the adage goes, “you are what you eat.” This is as true for pets as it is for humans. A properly balanced diet with quality ingredients that is appropriate for your pets’ life stage can contribute significantly to his/her good health. Pre-prepared commercial diets are commonly used and are in general a very good option. Home cooked (and we emphasize the word ‘cooked’) diets are becoming more popular and can also be a very good option as long as they are nutritionally balanced (pets are not people in this regard).
It is worth emphasizing that the information available on the web concerning pet nutrition ranges from excellent to downright dangerous. It is important to look at the source of the information before relying on it. Better yet, give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.