Dogs and Cats age much more quickly than humans and the gradual onset of disease in seemingly healthy pets often goes unnoticed. When symptoms do appear, the condition may be difficult to treat and result in costly treatment. Regularly scheduled wellness exams are important for your pet’s overall quality of life. Regular dental care, vaccinations, the control of parasites through routine fecal testing, and a well balanced diet are key elements for the prevention of disease. Laboratory testing for the early detection of changes in health status are important means to diagnose blood disorders, kidney and liver disease, infection, cancer, thyroid disease and other hormonal problems. There are many options to screen your pet for most of these diseases, they include: Physical Examination, Blood work, X-Rays and Urinalysis.
Senior Pet Wellness
Field of veterinary medicine has changed, allowing a much greater life expectancy for your pet. Unfortunately, along with the increase in life span comes a greater potential of age-related illnesses. Recent studies indicate that 20% of cats and dogs over the age of seven years have serious undetected medical conditions. We recommend a Senior Wellness Program for the early detection and treatment of disease for our senior patients. A physical exam, blood pressure, ECG, laboratory testing, fecal testing for parasites, chest and abdominal x-rays, an eye exam with Tonometry and Schirmer tests are part of an early detection system to help maintain and sustain a high quality of life for your aging pet .
The life-expectancy and quality of life our pets enjoy continues to benefit from:
- Advances in vaccination against disease
- Blood/Urine testing to assess organ function
- Better nutrition / availability of quality pet foods
- Advances in pain control
- Dental care for pets
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is one of the most common disease afflicting dogs and cats. Bacteria and plaque accumulate on the teeth and lead to the formation of tartar. As tartar deposits grow, gum disease and infection set in and eventually lead to tooth loss. Chronic infection in the mouth can be a predisposing factor for heart, kidney and liver disease. We offer professional ultrasonic cleaning, scaling, polishing and fluoride treatments. We also strongly recommend preventative measures like teeth brushing (using special enzymatic toothpaste), oral rinsing and special tartar-preventing diets.
Wide range of soft tissue, orthopedic surgery services, including ophthalmics, tumor removal, Orthopedics and more
We perform a variety of elective (such as spaying and neutering) and non-elective surgeries (like tumor removals and abdominal surgeries). All surgeries are done under sterile conditions and patient safety is of the utmost importance. We offer (and strongly recommend) blood tests prior to any anesthetic procedure to help us assess the benefits and risks of surgery. The blood work tests for abnormalities (such as kidney disease, liver disease, anemia, and diabetes) that may not be found during the pre-surgical exam. For cats that have not already been tested, we recommend screening for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). These diseases are highly contagious and when budgets are limited may be a more beneficial and prudent blood work option.
We at the Lougheed Animal Hospital have been performing ear cropping surgery procedure regularly since 2004.
Pain has been linked to poor wound healing, immune suppression, poor appetite and other problems. Response to pain is individual for pets as well as people. We anticipate pain for surgical procedures and address and administer pain medications prior to anesthesia. We also aim to make our patients more comfortable in their everyday activities and to prolong their quality of life. We assess and discuss pain management options with our clients and help choose the best approach to fit the needs of our patients.
Our in-house laboratory allows us to perform many diagnostic lab tests while you wait. We also work closely with several outside laboratories when more extensive diagnostic tests are warranted. Many blood tests are an integral part of diagnosing and determining the best treatment plan for your pet’s medical condition.
We take special interest in skin issues of dogs and cats. The skin is the largest organ and even minor abnormalities can impact health and lead to discomfort. Some internal diseases will manifest as skin problems. We see a large number of dermatological cases including allergies, sarcoptic mange and ear complications.
In house x-ray machine and developing ensures we can provide results as quickly as possible.
Protecting your pet from preventable diseases and viruses is an important part of pet ownership. We recommend vaccines based on the pets age, activity and environment.
It is important to keep your pet up to date with immunization against certain diseases. An examination is included when you bring your pet in for vaccinations
Pet identification has helped reunite many pets with their families. Microchips are inserted under the skin and last a lifetime. Ear tattooing is also available - an identification number is tattooed into the ear. We recommend a tattoo at the time of spaying or neutering.
This type of procedure is an elective surgery in which the last bone and nails are removed from all of the toes of a cat’s front feet. In doing so, your cat is unable to scratch furniture, other animals and people.
We have a fully stocked pharmacy providing veterinary (prescription) drugs for small animals.
Prescription Diets/Nutritional Recommendations
We offer a selection of diets that are specialized to fit your pets' needs. Our products include Medi-Cal, Prescription Hills, Royal Canin and Euaknuba/Iams. To ensure the well being of your pet, an exam by our veterinary is required prior to recommending a specific diet.
Service includes euthanasia and taking care of the remains as directed by the client.