Unfortunately, many pets may require immediate care for an illness or injury at some point in their lives. Whether it is an emergency such as your pet being hit by a car, ingesting a toxin or a foreign object, a sudden illness such as your pet not being able to urinate, severe vomiting or diarrhea, or seizuring, we will ensure that they are accommodated. Emergency patients take priority at our clinic. Upon the arrival of urgent pets, we may have a registered technician triage them while awaiting the veterinarian. Depending on the urgency, they may be taken to the treatment area immediately for assessment and immediate intervention, such as fluid therapy and oxygen supplementation. If possible, please call ahead if your pet is in need of urgent care so we can be prepared for your arrival.
If your pet requires emergency care or hospitalization, we are partnered with the Huronia Veterinary Emergency Clinic, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Fluid therapy is the administration of fluids for the prevention of illness or treatment of many illnesses. Fluids are most commonly administered intravenously (through a catheter placed into a vein) but can also be administered into bones, under the skin, or by mouth. Often the fluids used are a balanced saline solution used during anesthesia or to treat dehydration and shock. For compromised patients, fluids containing additional nutrients, electrolytes, or medications are used to treat their specific conditions. We carry infusion pumps to allow accurate and controlled delivery of fluids to our patients.
Our office offers a fully stocked in-house pharmacy. We are well stocked and contain and variety of prescription medications, nutritional supplements, vaccines, and prescription parasite control products (including flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives). Our in-house pharmacy allows us to dispense your pet’s necessary medications during your visit. On occasion, your pet may require a medication that we do not keep in stock. We provide special orders for these medications or can write a script for you to have filled at a human pharmacy.
Oxygen therapy is necessary for all pets presenting with signs of respiratory distress. Most cats and dogs that appear to be in respiratory distress will be started on oxygen supplementation immediately. Afterwards, the veterinarian will proceed with their airway assessment. There are a number of methods to provide oxygen supplementation, from flow-by oxygen to face masks and oxygen hoods. At Boyne Veterinary Clinic, we have an oxygen cage available, which is ideal for small and medium pets that are in severe respiratory distress or cannot be manually restrained. Many pets can be stabilized and maintained for as long as necessary in this cage.
Although we will be able to meet the majority of your pet’s health requirements at our clinic, in some circumstances, we may need to refer your pet to a specialist. These specialists are veterinarians that have advanced knowledge and skills in a specific area of veterinary medicine. Sometimes they need a specialized test, or a specialized piece of equipment is required to perform a procedure that is not available in our clinic. In these cases, we will help set your pet up with a referral appointment at one of the local referral hospitals. We typically refer our patients to the Ontario Veterinary College Companion Animal Hospital, Mississauga-Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital, or 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital.