Wellness Care & Vaccinations
At City Centre Animal Hospital we like to focus on preventive medicine whenever possible. To help your pets stay healthy it is important to have a physical examination at least once a year for young pets and twice a year for senior pets. At this time we assess your pets’ overall health, nutritional status and answer any questions you may have regarding your pets’ health and behaviour. We will provide you with updated information on current recommendations for preventive health care as well as parasite prevention . Simply put regular yearly/bi-annual exams focus on keeping your pets healthy and confronting problems before they get out of hand.
Although some vaccines are generally recommended for all dogs and cats, our veterinarians can assist you in selecting vaccines for your pet based on the unique set of risks faced by your pet. Some factors to be considered include the number of pets in the household, exposure to other pets or wild animals, age and health status of your pet, as well as travel and kenneling considerations. By measuring blood titre levels of antibodies to the core vaccines we can determine whether immunity needs boosting or not (at this time titers are available for dogs only).
Research has shown that both puppy and kitten maternal antibodies can persist for months and their immune systems are initially slow to develop, both contributing to poor immune response to early vaccination. In our practice area it is recommended that those pets at high risk should get their first vaccine at 8 weeks, but both puppies and kittens really need the 12 week and especially the 16 week booster to maximize their immune development.
Adult cats get the respiratory series which includes a herpes virus (Rhinotracheitis) and Calici virus and the Feline Distemper (Panleukopenia) vaccines yearly, all combined into one injection. It is much safer to give these “unadjuvanted” vaccines yearly than to use the extended three year vaccines with adjuvants, that have been shown to cause sarcoma cancer in cats. *We give the Feline Leukemia Virus vaccine to outdoor cats at risk only.*
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- Inhouse Lab
- State of Art Equipments
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- Emergency & ICU
- Euthenesia & Cremation Services
- Wheel Chair Access
Why Choose Us?
- Commited to care
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- Best Treatment
- Latest veterinary technology
- Wide range of services
- High Quality
Routine Surgical Procedures(SPAY & NEUTER,Dental)
Did you know that spaying your dog prior to her first heat cycle can decrease her risk of mammary cancer by less than 2% while waiting for them to go through three cycles increases the risk by 2/3. Did you also know that male dogs like to roam if they’re intact? They’re looking for a mate which increases the risk of exposure to disease, getting hit by car, lost or even stolen. These and many more reasons are why the team wants to encourage owners asked questions about spaying and neutering. These tend to be day procedures that help extend our pets lives long term.
Internal Medicine is the branch of veterinary medicine concerned with the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of disorders involving multiple organ systems. These include various cancers, endocrine (i.e. diabetes mellitus, Cushing disease), dermatologic, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hematologic, urinary, immune-mediated, infectious, hepatic, neurological, kidney, and heart diseases. Our hospital is here to serve your needs within all aspects of internal medicine.
Nutrition & Weight Management
Good nutrition is as important for pets as it is for people. Nutritional counseling (which includes review of supplementation needs) is part of your pet’s annual/biannual veterinary assessment. Every pet has unique nutritional requirements in some way. Growing puppies and kittens have different nutritional needs than adult dogs and cats. With so many different brands available, choosing the right food for your pet can be a challenge. Our team can help you make informed choices to optimize the health of your pet. At City Centre Animal Hospital we have selected nutritionally balanced brands that we are confident will meet your pets’ nutritional requirements based on their specific needs.
Some pet owners are becoming more interested in feeding homemade diets as well as providing a variety of whole foods to supplement their pet’s diets. Cooking for your pet can be fun, though it tends to be time-consuming and challenging to maintain a consistent nutrient balance. If you have the time, the budget and the desire to prepare your pet’s food, make sure it is a balanced ration that is appropriate for your pet’s age and condition. Please feel free to call us and we can assist you with information on nutritionally balanced home cooked diet formulation.
One of the most common findings during regular pet assessments is obesity. Over 60% of our pet population is overweight. This can cause significant health problems as well as shorten your pet’s life. We see higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis in these pets. Call and ask for a free nutritional counseling program – called SLIMFIT. Our team has undertaken extensive nutritional training to help ensure that they can properly educate you on how to help your pet reach a healthy weight!
Quality of Life Consultation
At City Centre Animal Hospital we consider pet’s quality of life a priority which begins with the very first visit. As pets age, changes in nutrition, environment and veterinary care are necessary to keep pets as healthy as possible. Arthritis, heart disease, kidney dysfunction and cancer are just some of the conditions that are common in older pets. These conditions can be managed with appropriate care but will progress until a patient is no longer comfortable. We work together with pet owners to ensure their pets age gracefully. When a pet’s quality of life has diminished, it may be time to say goodbye peacefully and gently under our veterinarian’s care either here at the clinic or at your home.
Many of us have faced the difficult decisions regarding end of life care for our pets. Providing compassionate guidance to pet owners regarding their aging pets is an essential component of our quality veterinary care. Quality of life consultations involves a discussion of the patient’s health history and current lifestyle. During this time family members provide valuable input regarding their pet’s behaviour, appetite, and mobility. This information, combined with a comprehensive physical exam, enables our veterinarians to help assess the pet’s quality of life and provide helpful feedback to the family. If the level of suffering appears to be too great to overcome with intervention, we will offer options for a peaceful goodbye.
We understand that each family has a unique way of facing end of life decisions and how they wish to memorialize their pet. We will make every effort to ensure that the pet and the family members are as comfortable as possible throughout the process. A special keepsake capturing your pet’s paw print (memorial clay paw) can be made along with your pet’s hair clipping to add to the many memories you have of your pet
Dental Health Care
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the time they are 3 years old. Dental disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease can include bad breath, red and swollen gums, tartar buildup, changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and generalized depression. Many dogs and cats can have significant oral disease such as abscessed or fractured teeth without showing ANY outward signs of discomfort, even though oral disease is very painful for your pet.
At City Centre Animal Hospital we recommend that your pet’s dental health be assessed at least once a year since bacteria and food debris accumulates around pets teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and tooth loss as well as affecting the health of other organs in the body. Bacteria in the mouth can enter the blood steam causing serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung and heart disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet’s body. A thorough physical exam combined with appropriate in-house diagnostic laboratory work can determine if this is the case.
Just like people, pets require periodic dental cleaning and assessment. The procedure for cleaning your pet’s teeth (called a dental prophylaxis) is no different from that which we experience at our own dentist. The only difference is that our pets won’t sit still and keep their mouth open on command. A general anesthetic is therefore required in order to safely scale, probe, assess and polish all surfaces of all of the teeth. Our dental operatory allows us to treat a wide variety of dental disease as well as provide routine prophylaxis It includes a digital dental x-ray which helps us ensure your pet’s teeth are healthy above and below the gumline.The keys to your pet’s oral health are professional veterinary dental care and good care at home. Too few pets receive both and most don’t receive either. You can change that today!.
Our in-house laboratory allows us to run most diagnostic tests on-site including serum chemistry, blood analysis, urine tests, fecal exams, and cytology (from ear swabs or from skin lumps). This allows for prompt results and decision making when it comes to the treatment of your pet.
PRE-SURGICAL TESTING & SURGICAL MONITORING
At City Centre Animal Hospital we recommend pre-surgical blood testing for all patients to ensure your pet can properly process and eliminate the anesthetic drugs. If through this testing we find any abnormal results we will adjust our anesthetic protocol to provide the safest anesthetic for each patient. Along with the pre-surgical testing we use modern equipment to monitor each patient’s vital signs throughout each procedure. These include: heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, temperature and more. A Registered Veterinary Technician monitors your pet throughout the procedure.
Radiology (x-ray) is used to provide valuable information about your pet’s health. It can be used alone, or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools such as blood tests to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, or to come to a definitive diagnosis.
We are equipped with a digital x-ray unit. Digital radiography provides a very high quality image that allows better visualization of bones and soft tissue, and allows us to manipulate the images to help improve our ability to make a diagnosis. These images are captured and can be shown to you within minutes or forwarded to a specialist in case of needed referral. If you would like a copy of your pet’s x-rays we will happily email or provide you with a CD copy.
If there is an organ or mass that requires a biopsy, we can quickly obtain a sample under a deep sedation, and can usually have results within a week’s time thanks to the commercial laboratories in Calgary.
Our in-house pharmacy allows us to provide your pet with most of the medications prescribed by our veterinarians. If we do not carry it in stock we often can order it quickly for your pet, or can provide a prescription for you to use at a pharmacy of your choice.
If your pet is difficult to medicate we have access to a special veterinary formulating pharmacies that can make medications in all different forms and flavours! Even the most challenging pet can be medicated.
We carry a wide variety of supplements that may benefit your pet
We offer many more vet services than what is shown on our website. Should your pet need a service not listed here, please contact us for more info – we are confident we can help! 403-980-7677?
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