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We're pleased to offer the following services at Paws and Claws Animal Hospital Veterinary Clinic:
Preventative Health Care
The best medicine for keeping our pets happy and healthy involves a preventative approach. Preventative medicine involves education on a wide variety of issues relevant to your pet including: nutrition, behavior, dental care, spaying and neutering, among others.
It also includes programs for parasite control, kitten and puppy socialization, specific care for senior pets, and annual vaccinations catering to your pet’s lifestyle. An annual wellness exam is extremely important to assess all of your pet’s body systems and to discuss any questions or concerns with your veterinarian.
Dogs and cats can develop a variety of behavioral problems. Through a physical examination and understanding of your pet’s history we can work together to control or eliminate the unwanted behavior.
Maintaining good oral hygiene for your pet is extremely important. Infections that begin in the mouth can quickly spread throughout the body, resulting in problems with organs such as: the liver, kidney, and heart.
Dental procedures are usually performed under a general anesthetic for the comfort of your pet. This also ensures a thorough cleaning, as a varying degree of mouth manipulation is necessary.
Our dentistry includes ultrasonic scaling which removes tartar and plaque, and polishing to provide a smooth surface. Diseased or fractured teeth may need to be extracted, and usually require antibiotics to prevent infection and spread of bacteria.
Good oral hygiene can be maintained fairly easily through routine home care. We provide education in this area and have a variety of products for pets of all ages, as it’s never too late to care for your pet’s teeth!
Laboratory Tests and Diagnostics
Often, laboratory tests are required to aid in the diagnosis of unhealthy pets.
A variety of tests and procedures can be performed in our hospital, while others are sent to a local veterinary lab where the results are examined by specialists. We aim to provide you with results as quickly as possible.
Providing your pet with the proper nutrition they require is essential for maintaining good health. Due to the vast variety of pet foods available, choosing the best diet for your pet can be very confusing. We deal only with companies who are dedicated to producing the highest quality food.
Discussing food options for your pet with your veterinarian is important as many different factors should be considered. For example, age, breed, activity level, and existing medical conditions must be examined when choosing your pet’s diet. We provide education in this area, stock a wide variety of food, and can order food for you if we do not have it currently available.
Choosing the correct diet for your pet can help reduce the chance of many health problems, ensuring a happy and healthy life.
We maintain a complete and well stocked pharmacy at all times. We also strive to remain current on new medications and treatments as they become available for your pet. Our pharmacy also includes a variety of products for control and treatment of fleas, heartworm, and intestinal worms.
A complete physical examination performed by your veterinarian is recommended at least once a year. This visit is often combined with your pet’s annual vaccinations. Regular physical examinations are essential to maintain good health, and allow for early detection of any problems which will result in a more successful and economical course of treatment.
A variety of equipment is used to assess all major body systems. For example, in addition to visual observation, a stethoscope, otoscope, and ophthalmoscope are used to check your pet’s heart, lungs, ears, and eyes. Lymph nodes, joints, skin, and abdominal organs are some of the areas examined through palpation.
Your veterinarian will provide information on any questions you may have.
X-rays are very important in the diagnostic procedure. They can aid in the diagnosis of many conditions such as: arthritis, bone fractures, heart disease, lung disease, and abdominal masses. Our clinic provides on-site radiology and developing for quick results.
Anesthetics and Surgery
Our clinic offers modern and sterile surgical facilities in which a variety of procedures are performed. Animals are assessed by the surgeon prior to administration of the anesthetic. Your pet’s age, breed, and medical condition determine the anesthetic choice. We use isoflurane, an extremely safe gas anesthetic, as well as injectable anesthetic drugs depending on the surgical situation.
An Animal Health Technician monitors the patient during surgery, and a Doppler blood pressure monitor and pulse oximeter are used throughout the procedure. Animals are monitored closely during recovery and pain medications are administered if necessary to ensure their comfort.
We perform many routine procedures such as spaying and neutering, as well as a variety of other minor and major surgeries.
Skin conditions are very common ailments in dogs and cats and can cause your pet a great level of discomfort. Based on clinical signs, history, and diagnostic testing, a treatment and management plan can be implemented. We carry a variety of skin care products to help make your pet as comfortable as possible.
Vaccinations are essential for your pet’s continued good health as they can prevent a great variety of serious illnesses. We assess each pet’s lifestyle, age, and history to determine the best vaccine protocol.
Pet insurance offers owners’ peace of mind as it protects your pet from both the inevitable and unexpected medical situations. Our staff will gladly provide you with information on recommended insurance companies.
We are proud to be one of the first veterinary hospitals in the lower mainland to provide the many advantages of laser technology to our patients. Now your pet can benefit from the same properties of a laser that human patients have experienced for over twenty years: less pain, swelling, and discomfort after surgery, and the ability to resume normal activities sooner. The laser has the unique ability to vaporize or 'erase' tissue. The laser can be used to make incisions, as well as to erase unhealthy tissue. The laser is so precise that we can selectively remove only a few cells at a time. The laser seals nerve endings, so patients are much more comfortable after surgery. Not only does the laser kill any bacteria in its path, it also seals the lymph nodes, so there is much less swelling post-operatively. Our practice has made this substantial investment in order to offer you the best possible healthcare for your pet.