We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.443.9385. One of our staff members will obtain a history either via phone or from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return your pet to you outside once the veterinarian discusses a recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN but are now working with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday 10am-7pm; and Saturdays from 10am - 2pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will take payment over the phone and place the items in a pickup bin located just outside our front doors.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.