Without proper dental healthcare, 80% of dogs and cats will have oral disease by the age of 3. It is actually the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Although many animals will show very few indications of dental disease, more significant signs of oral disease include red and swollen gums, bad breath, changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and generalized depression. Dental disease can also affect other organs in your pet’s body by allowing bacteria into the bloodstream where it travels to the heart, lungs, kidney and liver.
Combating dental health involves a 3-step process: 1) Take your pet to your veterinarian for a dental checkup and cleaning if necessary, 2) Begin a dental home-care regimen, 3) Schedule regular veterinary checkups
Like people, pets can also develop heart disease. Clinical signs include coughing, laboured breathing, or poor exercise tolerance. Although the history and physical exam may reveal clues to the problem, radiography and electrocardiography help to confirm the diagnosis and determine the severity of the disease. Occasionally, a specialist is called in or the patient is referred for ultrasonography for further assessment.
In medical or surgical cases, radiography (x-rays) is routinely used to evaluate various organs including bones, teeth, stomach, intestines, colon, heart, lungs, bladder and prostate. It can be used alone or together with other diagnostic tools to identify the cause of a problem or rule out possible problems. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian. In some situations, interpretation needs to be made by a radiologist. Digital transmission to a specialist can be done in these circumstances to give a timely result. Our hospital is also able to perform dental radiography to assist in the diagnosis and management of tooth-related diseases.
Behaviour problems are a frustrating issues for pet owners. These problems, ranging from aggression to inappropriate elimination can be real obstacles to enjoying your relationship with your pet. Our veterinarians and staff have the training and knowledge to help you deal with many different aspects of pet behaviour and training.
Nutrition plays an important role in the health dogs and cats. Our veterinarians and staff can recommend appropriate diets for your pet’s needs based on the latest scientific research and nutritional information. Nutrition plays a crucial role in growth and health maintenance as well as the specific diseases such as weight management, dental health, skin allergies, kidney disease, liver disease, gastrointestinal disease, diabetes and lower urinary tract health.