Pet Medication and More
We are equipped to provide an array of procedures and treatments that may be necessary to prevent, control or treat a wide variety of health conditions that cats and dogs can present with. We offer hospitalization for patients as needed; this allows us to intensively monitor your pet and to provide them the care they need. From administering medications and providing nutritional support to wound management to seizure monitoring, we can manage most of your pet’s medical needs.
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 clinics. Upon 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 prevention of illness or treatment of many illnesses. Fluids are most commonly administered by intravenous (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 at both clinics to allow accurate and controlled delivery of fluids to our patients.
We offer an in-house pharmacy at both clinics. They 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 pharmacies allow 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.
Pain management is very important to us and is becoming a great concern for many pet owners. Pain management can help to reduce or eliminate your pet’s pain, thereby enhancing their quality of life and your relationship with them. Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) is one of the most common painful diseases that we offer pain management for. It can be found in cats and dogs of any size, breed and age and typically progresses over time. Pain management is also important for pain associated with surgery or trauma. We have a variety of medications and supplements available to help us to manage pain your pet may be experiencing.
Nutritional Therapy and Weight Management
Nutrition plays a very important role in your pet’s health. It can be used to help prevent diseases including obesity or to manage conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes or pancreatitis. Your pet’s needs vary based on several factors including their age, breed, weight, and any current health conditions. Their requirements will change throughout their lives. Pet obesity is becoming an increasing concern. Overweight pets are at risk of several health conditions including diabetes, heart disease and joint disease. We can determine your pet’s ideal weight range and provide dietary recommendations including what to feed (preventive or therapeutic diets) and how much or how often to feed your pet that are specific to your pet’s health condition or individual requirement. Please do not hesitate to ask us about your pet’s nutritional needs.
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 mask and oxygen hoods. At our 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 clinics. 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 Collage Companion Animal Hospital, Mississauga-Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital, or 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital.