Just like human beings, dogs and cats can have allergies to common environmental factors. They can also have allergic reactions to some ingredients in their food. Here are some signs indicating that your pet may be suffering from an allergy:
At Quinte Animal Hospital, we offer services to address all dogs and cat allergies. If you suspect that your pet could be having an allergic reaction, please contact us to schedule for a consultation and examination. After testing, we will be able to advice you on the appropriate medication and/or diet to restore your pet’s healthy life.
Quinte Animal Hospital provides diverse anesthesia services for your pet. Through anesthesia, we block sensation, before performing medical procedures that require your pet to be unconscious. While under anesthesia, our pet-patients are constantly monitored by visually assessing reflexes and listening to the heart and lungs. State-of-the-art equipment is used to track body temperature, blood pressure, level of blood oxygen and heart rhythm. Throughout, our well trained technicians work in collaboration with your veterinarian to ensure a stress-free operation.
Ear-related conditions can be both uncomfortable and painful for your pet. Common signs that will tell you that you pet is due for an ear check-up include: head shaking, scratching and pawing at the ears, rubbing the ears on the floor or furniture and emission of abnormal odor.
Our hospital offers thorough ear examinations to ensure your pet enjoys a healthy life. We do this by examining the entire ear canal and the ear drum. We also test samples to check for inflammation and the presence of mites, bacteria and yeast. This enables us to provide you with an accurate diagnosis about your pet.
At one stage in life, you might need to make the hard, – but humane -, choice to put your aging or ill pet to sleep. Deciding to euthanize a beloved pet and companion is one of the most difficult decisions a pet owner has to make. You may have questions: Will it hurt? Can I be with my pet during the process? Is this the right decision? These questions require a consultation with a Doctor.
At Quinte Animal Hospital, we use a combination of methods when determining whether your pet is suffering. Then, they review all possibilities available that can improve the quality of life your pet. Throughout, we endeavour to give you the best information and services to enable you make the best decision about your beloved friend. We furnish you with medical facts that help you and your family feel more at peace with what’s going to happen. Where necessary and appropriate, we make a time for the family to say goodbye. During the procedure, our Doctors ensure a peaceful and pain-free release of your pet-friend from suffering.
At Quinte Animal Hospital, we provide our clients access to a modern diagnostic laboratory. Thanks to our modern equipment, we perform blood cell counts, chemistry panels (liver, kidney, and pancreatic enzyme function tests), glucose, and electrolytes.
Cats and dogs age faster than human beings. As your pet approaches the ‘golden age’ you need to watch-out for potential old-age health problems. At this age, your pet special care so as to identify any potential health issues early enough. The earlier you identify them, the easier it gets to deal with them.
Through our Senior Wellness Program, we are better placed to offer your old pet the best geriatric medicine in the market. From a general viewpoint, our Doctors recommend certain screening tests. The tests enable them to provide a timely diagnosis of the common diseases that affect older pets.
Pets function better at home. Nonetheless, life is unpredictable and your pet might need hospitalization in order to be treated. At Quinte Hospital, each in-patient is offered an individual kennel within the facility. The pet-patient is closely monitored by technicians and veterinarians throughout their stay. As a matter of policy, we encourage frequent visits by the family to provide comfort to the hospitalized pet. We also use these visitations to update you of the status of your pet.
Once your pet’s health is stabilized and the patient is ready to go home, your Doctors will give you both verbal and written follow-up instructions. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled before you leave the hospital.
Routine laboratory tests can uncover underlying medical conditions. This gives your pet’s Doctor invaluable insights on the overall health of your dog and/or cat. Illnesses can thus be caught early enough.
Quinte Animal Hospital is equipped with modern in-house Laboratory that enables us undertake timely and comprehensive diagnostic tests on all body fluids (ear swabs, blood, urine) and other samples (feces). These kinds of analyses are crucial with pets in need of immediate and/or emergency treatment.
Pets go missing daily. The tragedy of unknowing where your pet has gone can be very stressful.
Thanks to modern technology, our Doctors are able to alleviate this challenge. They do so by implanting a microchip underneath your pet’s skin. The chip carries your pet’s vital information and can be scanned by any veterinary clinic, humane society and animal control office to access the animal’s database. Thus, this is an effective way to ensure your pet’s safety and retrieval in case it gets lost.
A pain-free pet is a happy pet. Thus keeping your pet pain-free is an important step towards maintaining its quality of life.
At Quite Animal Hospital, our Doctors use a multi-modal approach to pain management. Thus, they use anti-inflammatories, local anesthetics, and general anesthetics in order to effectively deal with pain. Throughout, our goal is to prevent acute pain from becoming chronic pain. Consequently, pain-management protocols are important ingredients of all invasive procedures like surgeries.
Our Doctors can design a personalized pain management plan depending on your pet’s needs and medical conditions.
At Quinte Animal Hospital, we offer routine radiology services. Through these services, our Doctors are able to detect signs of impending maladies and/or existing sicknesses. Such medical conditions are: arthritis, fractures, different types of cancer; heart enlargement, congestive heart failure; bladder and kidney stones; stomach/intestinal foreign bodies; pneumonia and other lung diseases.
Many dog and cat owners prefer to spay (removal of the uterus and ovaries) or neuter (removal of the testicles) their pets so as to prevent unwanted sexual behaviors and pregnancies as well as to decrease or eliminate the possibility of certain medical conditions at later age. These surgeries are performed after the age of six months.
Equipped with state-of-the-art surgical tools, our hospital performs spays and neuters on regular bases. Like other surgical interventions, these procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Importantly, pain management protocols are observed to guarantee your pet’s comfort.
Dogs and cats’ nutritional needs change as they enter different phases of life. Unquestioningly, obesity is a common challenge with many pets. Like in humans, being overweight in small animals can have far-reaching consequences as they age. Luckily, with good diet and regular exercises, all pets can live within a healthy weight range.
At Quinte Animal Hospital, we ensure that your pet’s feeding regime is in tune with its lifestyle.
Urinalysis is an invaluable test in both healthy and sick animals and should be included in routine comprehensive evaluations. The examination reports the state of the kidneys and urinary system as well as other body systems. Consequently, urinalysis is performed to:
Thanks to our well-equipped laboratory, our doctors are able to catch changes in your pet’s renal parameters at early stages. They are able to:
Like other animals, dogs and cats are susceptible to variety of diseases. Small animals can be protected from many of these illnesses by known vaccinations.
At Quinte Animal Hospital, our Doctors will be happy to discuss with you about the risks of that your pet might encounter in its life. Further, they will provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet.
Key vaccines for cats
Calicivirus: A herpes virus that causes ulcerations in cat’s mouth.
Feline Leukemia Virus: A fatal virus that is transmitted from mother to kittens at birth or through nursing. Cat to cat transmission is also possible through saliva.
Feline Panleukopenia Virus: A highly contagious viral disease. This virus spreads freely in the environment, and, remain active in an infected body for over an year.
Rhinotracheitis: A herpes virus that causes upper respiratory infections in cats. Signs of affected cats include: loss of appetite, lethargy, nasal discharge, sneezing and fever.
Rabies: Fatal, zoonotic disease. It causes inflammation of the brain and spreads through saliva.
Key vaccines for dogs
Adenovirus: A virus that is associated with respiratory diseases and infectious hepatitis (liver disease).
Canine Coronavirus: A virus that affects the gastrointestinal system of puppies. It causes vomiting and diarrhea.
Canine Distemper: A virus that causes highly contagious viral disease. It is spread through direct contact. It affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system of dogs.
Canine Parvovirus: A virus that causes a highly contagious disease. Primary signs are severe bloody vomiting and diarrhea. Death may occur from dehydration and other associated complications.
Leptospirosis: A virus that is prevalent in our greater region. Affected dogs can have kidney and/or liver failure. The virus can be transmissible to humans through the urine of an infected pet.
Lyme Disease: Transmitted through a bite of certain ticks. The condition may cause joint pain, or lead to it can lead to damage in the kidneys, nervous system, and heart.
Rabies: Fatal, zoonotic disease. It causes inflammation of the brain and spreads through saliva.