Annual Health Assessment
During a routine annual health assessment, the veterinarian will conduct a complete and thorough examination of your pet. Annual assessments allow the veterinarian to determine the normal state for your pet. Your veterinarian can give you advice on many aspects of your pet's health, behaviour, and environment. The annual assessment allows the early detection of disease and evaluation of risk factors that may make your pet more susceptible to certain disease processes. Also see information about the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR).
The clinical consultation occurs when the owner presents an animal with a concern. The veterinarian will thoroughly examine the animal with an emphasis on the history and area of the concern. The veterinarian will use various tools at his disposal, ie. radiology, laboratory testing, ultrasound, etc., to diagnose the condition, its severity, and treatment required.
Cryosurgery is the dissection of tissue through the use of extreme cold. Small warts and cysts can be removed by the application of liquid nitrogen.
Like people, pets develop dental disease. They too can develop sore gums, bad breath, and tooth abscesses. If left unattended, the bacteria associated with unhealthy mouths, migrates to other organs of the body and can cause harm. One of the most common causes of heart valve murmurs is the bateria migrating to the heart and thickening the valves. This can be avoided by regular dental care.
Electrocardiography is the study of the electrical patterns of the heartbeat and a valuable tool in diagnosing abnormalities of the heart.
Euthanasia / Cremation Services
It is always difficult to say goodbye to a pet. However, when the time has come, euthanasia services are available (in clinic only). Cremation services can be arranged for your pet. There are a number of options including ashes sent to a communal pet cemetery, ashes returned, frame paw prints, or special mementos. Discuss your wishes with a staff member. Visit Gateway Pet Memorial for additional options.
"Gentle Leader" Training
The "Gentle Leader" halter is a device for controlling your pet on a lead. It is gentle and puts the owner in control. The staff can fit the halter to your pet and demonstrate the proper use of this halter.
Laboratory Services for Blood Profiles, Urinalysis, Parasite Identification
This animal hospital has facilities on the premises to run basic blood work such as complete blood counts (CBC's), clinical chemistry blood profiles, coagulation profiles, urinalysis, parasite identification, etc. For more information on laboratory procedures, click on "Diagnostic Testing".
The staff are very knowledgeable with regard to the nutritional requirements of all the life stages of your pet. They also have extensive knowledge of the many therapeutic diets available for specific medical conditions. Consultation advice for the client with the obese pet is also available through our weight reduction program.
Opthalmology is the medical science involving the structures, function, and diseases of the eye. Dr. Wright offers a full eye exam including Tonometry (measuring the pressure within the eye), Shirmer Tear Test (measuring tear production), Fluorescein Eye Stain (to detect ulcers), and basic ophthalmolic surgery.
There are a number of parasites that can affect our pets, (eg. fleas, heartworm, ticks, and intestinal worms), and these parasites can be detrimental to your pet's health. Many parasitic diseases can also be transmitted to humans, so parasite control is always a concern. The veterinary staff are very knowledgeable regarding the many types of parasites and can advise you on how best to protect you and your pet.
Radiography is a valuable tool in medicine to assist in the diagnosis of disease. Through the use of radient rays (x-rays) an image can be produced on a photo sensitive surface (plate or film). It is highly valued in medicine because it is a relatively non-invasive procedure that can give the clinician an image or picture of the internal structures of an animal. For more information on the benefits and limitations of Radiography click on "Diagnostic Testing".
Rehabilitation is relatively new to the veterinary field and we are excited to be able to offer it to our patients. By using appropriate modalities of rehabilitation (hot/cold therapies, massage, exercise, passive range of motion, therapeutic ultrasound) it is possible to decrease the amount of pain and inflammation, increase the muscle mass, and therefore increase mobility.
Our clinic offers a wide range of surgical procedures to patients. As well as offering elective spay and neutering surgeries, Dr. Wright has over thirty years of experience in performing abdominal, dental, ophthalmic (eye), and orthopedic (bone) surgery.
Ultrasound - Diagnostic
Diagnostic Ultrasound is another imaging technique used in the diagnosis of disease. Diagnostic Ultrasound is the use of high-frequency sound waves to view the internal structures of animals. This diagnostic technique is highly useful in examining the soft tissues of the body.
Ultrasound - Therapeutic
Therapeutic Ultrasound is used to stimulate tissue beneath the skin's surface using high frequency sound waves. The benefits of therapeutic ultrasound are: helps speed up healing by increasing blood flow in the area; decreases pain by reducing swelling and edema; and, provides a gentle massage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the injured area.
We design a vaccination protocol tailored to meet the specific needs of your pet and its lifestyle. Please review the page on "Vaccination Info".