Veterinary Treatment for your Pet

Just as in human medicine, there are many techniques veterinarians can use to improve an animal’s health. We will diagnose your animal’s condition and recommend a course of treatment based on your pet’s symptoms, age, medical record, species, behaviour, and preferences. We can perform certain treatments, but in more complicated circumstances, your animal may need to be referred to a veterinary specialist with more extensive knowledge and experience. Within our team of 8 vets, we each have areas of special interest, but if your pets needs are not met within our group of vets we may offer a referral to an outside specialist.

Before purchasing or adopting an animal, you should be prepared to pay for any routine or necessary veterinary treatments to provide an excellent quality of life for your pet.

We may prescribe treatment as a result of routine examination, but you should not hesitate to seek assistance for your animal if you notice any distressing symptoms or abnormal behaviour. We will perform diagnostic tests to determine which course of treatment would be most suitable. As the animal’s owner, you will also have input as to the proper course of action for your pet’s needs and your own budget.

Before purchasing or adopting an animal, you should be prepared to pay for any routine or necessary veterinary treatments to provide an excellent quality of life for your pet. Once we create a treatment plan for your animal, we may also request to see your pet for follow-up care to ensure it is working properly.

In many cases, you as the animal caretaker will need to be involved in administering treatment. This could be as simple as feeding your dog a different type of food or as complicated as applying daily injections to keep your horse’s health under control. In more severe circumstances, your animal may even need to undergo surgery, in which case you will need to care for it during the recovery period. If you do not see your animal’s condition improving or notice any negative side effects from treatment, you should contact us for additional advice. We may be able to recommend an alternative and potentially more effective treatment option.

Medicinal Treatments
In certain circumstances, veterinarians will recommend medicinal treatments for animals. Some of the most common drugs include:

  • Anthelmintics. These are used to eliminate parasitic worms, which infest their systems and steal important nutrients.
  • Dermatological drugs. Oral, topical, or injected medications might be used to treat common skin and ear conditions in animals.
  • Central nervous system medications. Drugs like aminocaproic acid or potassium bromide might be prescribed to help animals suffering from seizures or epilepsy.
  • Respiratory drugs. A variety of medications can be used to help animals suffering from respiratory issues. For example, a veterinarian might prescribe inhaled or oral steroids to assist animals suffering from asthma or other disorders that cause wheezing.
  • Antibiotics. These medications help animals’ systems fight infection and disease. They can be used once an illness is diagnosed, or a veterinarian might prescribe them preventively before a surgical procedure.
  • Kidney medications. Many animals are prone to kidney issues and these treatments can help slow or stop the progress of these disorders.
  • Ophthalmological drugs. Oral medications or eye drops can be used to treat infection and other ocular issues, such as cataracts and glaucoma.
  • Behavioral modification treatments. If your animal appears neurotic, obsessive, or overly aggressive and other treatments have not been successful, your veterinarian may prescribe behavioral modifiers like antidepressants or antipsychotics.
  • Cardiovascular treatments. These can be used to treat any conditions relating to the heart or blood vessels.
  • Hormone medications. Veterinarians primarily prescribe these to assist animals with reproductive issues.
  • Painkillers. These medications can help animals with chronic conditions or those recovering from major procedures.
  • Chemotherapy. These chemical compounds can help kill cancer cells.
  • Vitamins and Supplements
    Just like humans, animals can sometimes benefit from taking vitamins and supplements, nutrients and organic compounds that can help support bodily function. Veterinarians most often recommend them for aging animals or those with long-term chronic conditions, but any animal can take these oral, topical, or injected substances. More and more owners are working to improve their pets’ quality of life and overall wellbeing with vitamins and supplements. Examples are:
  • Multivitamins. These can help balance an animal’s diet and nutrition.
  • Probiotics. These help with digestive function.
  • Supplements for arthritis. Glucosamine, calcium, green tea, and vitamin E can help your animal’s joints function better.
  • Antioxidants. These can help fight symptoms of aging and reduce animals’ risk for cancer.
    Omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy oils can make animals’ fur shiny and healthy, as well as limiting shedding.

Surgical treatments:

Sometimes surgery is the treatment option that best suits the need of your pet. It may be that lump removal, the surgical repair of a damaged joint or the repair of a bone fracture.  The needs for surgery are vast and each decision will be based on your pets needs, the expected outcome, and your budget.