Eglinton Veterinary offers a broad range of health and wellness services for your cat or dog.
We insure excellence by combining the knowledge and compassion of our team with the latest in veterinary technology, including: digital radiology for both standard and dental x-rays, a sophisticated in-house laboratory, surgical laparoscope, therapeutic laser and computerized medical records.
Our approach to caring for your dog or cat begins with a focus on wellness services, including recommendations for regular physical exams and blood testing where deemed appropriate. Early diagnosis of a disease process can allow your pet to lead a longer, healthier life and disease prevention is often less costly than dealing with a problem once it arises.
We would recommend that all dogs and cats visit a veterinarian once per year as an adult. Older pets (over 7 years of age for dogs and over 9 years of age for cats) may want to visit us every 6 months. Remember that one year in a pet's life is equivalent to many years in a human!
How old is my dog in human years?: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-checkups-preventive-care/how-old-your-dog-people-years
How old is my cat in human years?: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/cat-health/cat-checkups-preventive-care/how-old-your-cat-people-years
For the past 25-30 years vaccination protocols have done an excellent job in protecting our pets from the ravages of diseases like Rabies, Distemper and Parvovirus. In fact, vaccinations have been so effective in recent years, that it is very rare for veterinarians to see clinical cases in the appropriately immunized pet. If we become too complacent, however, about the positive effect that vaccination provides, we are likely to be faced with a re-emergence of some of these diseases and the consequences could be disastrous.
Although we believe that immunization is very important in keeping your pet healthy, our overall vaccine philosophy is to individually tailor vaccines to each patient, based on their age, lifestyle and any medical conditions. We also base the frequency of vaccinations based on the most up-to-date research, which shows that certain vaccines need not be given yearly.
Some of our clients have chosen to pursue vaccine titers in place of vaccination. These are blood tests taken to assess the level of immunity that a pet carries to a disease that they have been previously vaccinated against. In certain situations, this is a viable alternative to vaccines.
Emergency and critical care
In any emergency, seconds count! Our staff is fully trained to assist your pet and emergency care is offered during regular business hours. In addition, we use the services of local, fully staffed emergency centers for after hours treatment and critical cases.
During our regular business hours, please tell our receptionist when you call if you feel you have an emergency with your pet.
Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances that people do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care. We spend a great deal of time in our medical management of cases to ensure that our patients have their pain or discomfort well controlled. We are happy to augment the use of medications with the pain relief of our therapeutic laser.
Our veterinarians are trained in all areas of internal medicine, including: cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology, dermatology, gastroenterology, cancer care (oncology) and endocrinology, among others. Our goal is to offer the diagnostic services necessary to identify your pet's illness and institute treatments to resolve the condition. In certain cases, we have the resources available to access veterinary specialists in each of the above disciplines to help with the diagnosis and management of more complicated cases.
We provide a full complement of surgical procedures including routine spays/neuters, mass removals, and abdominal sugeries such as bladder surgeries or foreign body removals. Our surgical suite includes the latest equipment, monitors and anesthetics to insure the safest possible conditions for your pet. We also have the ability to refer a case to a surgical specialist for more complicated cases.
Laparoscopy allows us to perform some surgical procedures in the most pain-free and minimally invasive way possible. Laparoscopy involves passing a camera and instruments into the abdomen, allowing us to perform surgeries, such as spays, through an incision as small as 1 cm. We are very proud to be one of only three veterinary clinics performing routine surgeries in this way. We love the way that it has increased the quality of life of our patients!
Although the spay is the most common surgery that we are performing with the laparoscope, it is also available for gastropexies, cryptorchid neuters, biopsies of abdominal organs and bladder surgeries including bladder stone removal. Please contact us for further information and visit our laparoscopic surgery pages.
Dental care for dogs and cats
Regular assessment of dental health and occasional professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's well being. We use modern equipment and procedures to clean and polish the teeth. We also provide more complex dental care including digital dental x-rays and dental surgery. The long term health of every patient is dependent upon a healthy mouth and we encourage owners to become involved in preventive home care. Either our dental technicians or a veterinarian can outline these procedures for you.
Radiology (or x-rays) helps our veterinarians to evaluate the musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular(cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. We utilize our own radiology facility to take the x-rays, and when necessary are also able to perform special radiographic studies. Our x-rays are taken on a digital x-ray system using the newest and best technology, meaning that results are available very quickly and images are able to be shared on a pet's file and easily sent to specialists where necessary.
We have both a full-body digital x-ray system as well as a digital dental x-ray system to be used with patients undergoing dental assessments.
Ultrasound/other diagnostic imaging
Ultrasound is one of the most advanced, non-invasive diagnostic techniques available to veterinarians. It helps us in the diagnosis of many soft tissue problems including heart disease, cancer and bladder or kidney stones. We are able to provide ultrasound imaging of the heart on site when necessary (e.g. for a pet with a heart murmur), and also utilize the services of local referral clinics for abdominal ultrasound studies or other specialized imaging such as MRIs and CT scans.
We have an extensive list of laboratory services at our disposal to aid us in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. In our own clinic laboratory we perform tests such as complete blood counts, urinalysis, heartworm tests, feline viral testing and microscopic cytology. Other tests are handled by an outside veterinary laboratory, which provides us with prompt and reliable results. Unlike human hospitals, we usually have our results within hours, instead of days.
We stock a wide range of veterinary drugs and supplements used in the animal health care field. Any medications that we don't carry can usually be obtained the next business day, including compounded medications tailored to your pet's individual needs.
Although we are not a true pet salon, we do provide some grooming services to help keep your pet feeling clean and fresh. Baths are possible by appointment Monday through Friday, and include a coat grooming, nail trim, anal gland expression and minor ear cleaning. Please call ahead to schedule.
Medicated baths are also performed for certain conditions. If you wish to have your pet examined by one of our veterinarians to check out a specific concern, please ask when making the appointment and we would be pleased to accommodate your request.
Please note: we do not perform breed-specific clipping, although we do "lion cuts" on long haired cats.
Microchip pet identification has helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. Approximately one in three pets will become lost during their lifetime. If your pet is not already "chipped" we offer microchip products to increase the chances of a safe and speedy recovery.
All pets benefit from a balanced diet, and some of our patients will require special food to help control a medical condition Our veterinarians and support staff are available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep them happy, healthy and active. There is a great deal of both good and bad information online as to what constitutes good nutrition. There are many good quality diets available in Canada and we will discuss your pet's diet during any visit to the clinic.
Our clinic has boarding facilities available for our regular dog and cat patients. Please call in advance for a reservation. Pets will be fed maintenance diets while in clinic, or we ask that you please provide any special food or medications that your friend may require while staying with us. Dogs are walked 3 times daily in a nearby park at the request of their owners. In order to board, all guests must be up to date on their vaccinations.
Many conditions thought to be medical in origin are, in fact, behavioural. The greatest factor in achieving a successful outcome is timely recognition and treatment of the behavioural problem. We are happy to discuss a problem with you directly, as well as to refer you to local trainers or a veterinary behavioural specialist.
Pet health education
Eglinton Vet's team is committed to providing good education to allow pet owners to best understand the treatments that we recommend and procedures that we perform. One of the important pieces of this is to direct clients to good online information about the health of dogs and cats. Please see our Pet Health Page to start your online journey.
Pet care supplies & Online Store
Although we are primarily a hospital and not a pet store, we do carry a long list of specialized pet supplies including special diet foods (Hill's, Medical, Waltham's, Eukanuba), flea products, shampoos and prescription medications.
We chose to open our online store to give our clients access to a wide range of pet products. Whether it's toys, litter supplies, food, or special dietary supplements, the "General Store" has lots of offer. Access our store through the drop down menu at the top of the screen, via the store button on the front page or by clicking here.
Saying goodbye to a long-time friend and family member is an emotionally painful and very difficult decision to reach. If you feel that the time to make this decision is approaching, please call us so we can discuss the options involved to ensure your pet's comfort and dignity.