Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Sometimes, we may hear people talk about getting “a scope”. This is the layman’s term for endoscopy. Endoscopy is the process of using a very long, flexible camera to get into places that we might not otherwise be able to see, such as the back of the throat, esophagus, stomach, small bowel and the nose. Endoscopy has been used for decades for human medicine but is still relatively new in veterinary medicine. While radiographs (“x-rays”) can show us the size and shape of organs, and ultrasound can show us a bit of the interior, only endoscopy can show us a real-time image of the inside of these organs. All three imaging types are beneficial for certain conditions, and your veterinarian can choose the best option for your pet’s health needs.
Endoscopy has a wide variety of uses in small animal medicine. These include imaging the inside of the esophagus, stomach and bowel, to look for cancer, inflammation, ulcers and other abnormalities as well as take tissue samples in cases of weight loss, vomiting, regurgitation and sometimes diarrhea. In other cases, we can use instruments passed through the scope to retrieve foreign bodies from the esophagus and stomach – things like coins, batteries, socks and other items that might have gotten eaten (but shouldn’t have!). This allows us to remove the problem with much less recovery time than surgical removal, as there are no incisions. A dog could be completely normal the next day if the object was removed via endoscopy, versus 14 days for traditional stomach surgery. Small scopes can also be passed into the nose to look for tumours or items caught in the nose that need removal.
Endoscopy is still a fairly recent addition to the field of veterinary medicine but holds lots of promise to help our patients get back to feeling great.
To learn more about the endoscopy performance and if it is the right option for your pet, please give us a call at 902.443.9385.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!