Pet Medical Care in Mississauga for Your Furry Friend’s Wellness
As your pets are an important part of your family, it is necessary to take care of them the same way you would take care of your family member. Pets need regular veterinary care to maintain their optimal health. However, they may have various health conditions that are common and needs medical attention. Malton Veterinary Services offers pet medical care in Mississauga and surrounding areas. Our comprehensive vet care services include:
We have experienced staff and well-equipped facility to handle various pet medical conditions. Some of our services are mentioned below:
Complete Medical Assessment
A thorough physical examination helps to find any abnormalities. Your pet’s ears, eyes, skin, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological and skeletal system are examined. Blood and urine tests are also performed if necessary. We may also recommend further diagnostic tests, including radiography (X-rays), ultrasound, and endoscopy (internal scoping).
A heart problem is most commonly found in older pets; however, pets of younger ages are also diagnosed with heart issues. Heart failure may lead to congestive heart failure. Dogs or cats suffering from congestive heart failure often experience frequent coughing and difficulty in breathing. Few causes of heart failure include valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the valves of the heart), congenital heart disease (animals born with a heart problem), arrhythmia (rhythm disturbances), and heartworm disease. Physical examination can determine any heart problems. Tests such as EKGs (electrocardiograms), radiographs (X-rays), and ultrasounds can accurately identify the main cause of heart disease.
Flea infestations are not only annoying for dogs and cats but are also dangerous. We assist in understanding the flea life cycle and suggest you with safe and effective flea prevention methods.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have oral disease by the age of 3. It is one of the most frequently diagnosed health problems in pets. Red and swollen gums, tartar buildup, bad breath, pawing at the face, changes in eating or chewing habits, and generalized depression are some of the common signs of oral disease. A pet’s dental health should be evaluated at least once a year. Our veterinarians recommend this because the accumulation of food debris and bacteria around pet’s teeth can result in periodontal disease and even tooth loss.
We provide a thorough physical exam and lab tests to determine the underlying cause. We also demonstrate preventive measures for overall oral health.
Radiology (X-rays) is used to provide information about a pet’s respiratory tract (lungs), bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, and colon), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It helps to identify the exact cause of the medical issue or rule out possible problems.
Tonometry test helps to diagnose problems related to your pet’s eyes including glaucoma and infections. These conditions can cause blindness if not treated at an early stage.
Dermatology refers to the study of various skin conditions. Our veterinarian diagnoses skin problems in your pet through an examination. Some of the skin conditions may require additional diagnostic procedures including, blood work, skin scraping, biopsies, urinalysis, etc. Book an appointment for your pet animal with us if you notice excessive itchy behaviour, presence of scale on the skin or loss of hair.
Endocrinology refers to the study of hormones. Various endocrine disorders are found in dogs and cats. Dogs are often diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The same health issue is frequently diagnosed among cats also. Other endocrine issues include Cushing’s Disease and Addison’s Disease. The signs that are observable in pets with the endocrine disease are abnormal behaviour, abnormal energy levels, skin disorders, urinating and eating behaviour, weight gain or loss, and excessive panting. We follow proper steps to diagnose and treat endocrine issues.
Various surgical procedures are performed by our experienced veterinarians. Our surgical services include:
Spaying and neutering
Spaying and neutering is a surgical procedure performed on male and female pets to render them infertile. Benefits of this procedure include:
- Prevention of dog and cat overpopulation.
- Prevent diseases in female pets such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer.
- Prevent diseases in male dogs such as testicular cancer and prostate disease.
- Neutering eliminates embarrassing marking behaviour in male companion.
- Spaying eliminates the messy heat cycles that can attract male cats/dogs to your home.
During the surgical procedure, a registered veterinary technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs. Our monitoring devices and techniques allow us to respond faster in case of any anesthetic emergency. Call us to learn more about our spaying procedures.
Soft tissue surgery
Soft tissue surgery includes surgical procedures that are not associated with bones. Lump removal surgery is the most common soft tissue surgery performed at our clinic. Many breeds of dogs are prone to ear infections. Surgical treatment helps improve air flow into the ear canal and reduces the occurrence of ear infections. Our veterinarians also perform soft tissue surgery to correct damaged cornea and enhances your pet animal’s vision.
Surgery on bones is referred to as orthopaedic surgery. Bone surgery is required to correct leg fractures, disc diseases, hip dysplasia, etc. The most common orthopedic issue presented at our clinic is leg fractures. Pinning, plating, and external fixation are some of the surgical techniques used to repair damaged bones.
Surgical admits are done by appointments with Dr. Sjonnesen or Dr. Verma on Tuesday evenings or Thursday mornings. All pets are examined prior to surgery to make sure if he or she is healthy enough to undergo surgery. During the appointment, the details of the procedure are explained to you and necessary paperwork must be signed.
Once your pet is admitted into our hospital. We make sure your pet settles in nicely pre-surgery and ensure your pet doesn’t eat or drink past a certain time
Your pet will undergo a surgical procedure on Wednesday or Friday morning. Dr. Sjonnesen or a staff member will inform you as soon as the surgical procedure is finished. All surgeries are performed by our veterinarian, Dr. Sjonnesen and are monitored by the technician.
Pets admitted for routine dental cleanings, spays, and neuters typically go home the day of surgery if they are in good health. For other complex surgical procedures, Dr. Sjonnesen or a staff member will let you know the best time to take your pet back home. Pets discharged from the hospital may be picked up between the hours of 4 PM to 6 PM.
All surgeries at our clinic are done by appointments only. Kindly call our clinic for availability and surgical estimate. All pets that require any surgical treatments must be vaccinated. In the absence of proof of vaccination, it must be updated 7-10 days prior to surgery.
Adipose (Fat) Derived Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell transplantation has gained widespread attention in treating people. Regenerative cell therapy is now a promising treatment modality for pets. Our veterinarian, Dr. Sjonnesen, performed the first in-house stem cell transplant in Canada, along with Dr. Mike and veterinary technician, Sarah Barger. This therapy aids the body’s natural healing and is one of the best options for normal and complete healing. It has been used successfully in treating osteoarthritis and soft tissue orthopaedic issues. Stem cell therapy has become the leading way in animal performance, recovery, repair, breeding, and general wellness sector relating to cellular and natural treatments.
Stem regenerative cells are the animal’s own natural healing cells and these cells help to regenerate injured tissues. It is derived from your pet’s own fat. The therapy helps to improve your pet’s quality of life and aids in regenerating the healthy tissues in their body.
There are various medications to manage your pet’s physical pain both before and after surgery and also in the event of trauma. Pain management packages are tailored as per pet’s needs and weights.
Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring
When you choose your veterinarian to treat your pet’s health issues, be sure to question the anesthetic types and the protocols for monitoring anesthesia. Types of anesthesia include:
- Local anesthesia
- General anesthesia
Local anesthesia is used to cause loss of sensation to a local area. It is used in small diagnostic or surgical procedures.
Tranquilization is used to calm your pet under various conditions. The animal remains awake but is easily aroused when stimulated. Sedation is frequently requested during travel, fireworks, thunderstorms, etc. Pets must be assessed before dispensing these medicines.
General anesthesia results in a loss of consciousness in your pet. It results in loss of sensation throughout the body. Although this procedure is safer, there is still a chance of an anesthetic accident. A thorough physical examination and blood work prior anesthesia helps to reduce the risk associated with it. We also use anesthetic monitoring equipment and protocol for a safer anesthetic procedure.
During general anesthesia, our patients are monitored closely by our experienced technician for respiratory rate, heart rate, capillary refill time and blood pressure. A change in blood pressure is an early sign that your pet might be in trouble. Monitoring your pet’s blood pressure allow us to prevent any anesthetic risk.
If you have any questions about our pet medical care, we are here to help. Call us!