Preventive Services

You can help keep your pet healthy by protecting him or her against parasites. Heartworms, fleas, ticks, and other internal and external parasites are much more than just pests; they can cause life-threatening conditions in your pet—and cause severe, potentially fatal, health problems for you and your family. We will recommend a preventive regimen for your pet based on lifestyle and risk factors. We can also provide advice on keeping your whole household safe from parasitic infection. Set up an appointment with us to discuss parasite prevention, or call us to refill your pet’s medication. Protect your pet and your family today!

Dental Care

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Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. By age three 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease. The good news is it is completely preventable! By providing home dental for your pet as well as regular veterinary oral exams and teeth cleaning by your veterinarian you can help prevent the progression of dental disease. Here at Callbeck Animal Hospital we are fully equipped and qualified to provide a superb level of dental care.

Dental Cleanings Include:

  • Physical exam morning of surgery
  • Pre-operative blood panel
  • IV fluids during surgery and post-op
  • Digital dental radiographs
  • Pain management (injections, local blocks, medication to go home if needed)
  • Antibiotics if needed
  • Nail trim
  • Dental Cleaning (ultrasonic scaling, hand scaling and polishing)
  • Oral charting and probing
  • Anesthesia monitoring
  • Hospitalization
  • Dental Report to go home
  • Post-operative oral exam 2 weeks later with a dental diet sample, free toothbrush/sample toothpaste and dental home care plan that works for you and your pet

Signs of oral or dental disease in pets:

  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Broken tooth/teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Reluctance to eat, especially dry food, or to play with chew toys
  • Chewing with or favouring one side of the mouth
  • Pawing at or rubbing the muzzle/mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of symmetry of the muzzle and/or lower jaw
  • Swollen/draining tracts under (or in front of) the eye
  • Sudden change in behaviour (aggressive or withdrawn)
  • Chronic eye infections or drainage with no exact cause or cure
  • Inability to open or close the mouth
  • Chronic sneezing
  • Discolored tooth/teeth
  • Abnormal discharge from nose
  • A mass/growth in the mouth

We have a dental payment plan available! Please contact the clinic for details.

Please call us at (905)438-1144 if you have any questions or to schedule your pets oral examine today!

Heartworm – Is Your Pet at Risk?

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Does your dog love the outdoors? She’s in good company. Unfortunately, being outside also comes with health risks like heartworm disease. A recent study by the Ontario Veterinary College showed that the number of cases of heartworm disease in Canada is up over 60 per cent over the last eight years. Country dogs, suburban dogs, even city dogs are at risk.

Why? Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes. One bite from an infected mosquito is enough to transmit the disease to your dog. Coyotes, foxes, raccoons and other wild animals can become infected. Once infected, these animals can become heartworm reservoirs for mosquitoes to feed on, leading to a constant risk of infection for your dog.

And, since heartworms are not readily visible the way ticks and fleas are, you may not even know your dog is infected. Symptoms don’t appear for six months when the parasites arrive in the dog’s heart and lungs. Your dog may look fine but still be infected. Left untreated, heartworms can cause severe damage to the heart, lungs and may eventually cause death.

So what can you do? Be sure your dog is healthy by asking your veterinarian to perform a simple blood test each year.

And, think prevention. Highly effective preventive treatments are available from your veterinarian. They are generally given monthly once mosquitoes are present. The warm spring weather we’ve been experiencing, might mean an earlier than normal return of mosquitoes. Start your heartworm prevention now and continue through the mosquito season. As an additional feature, the heartworm preventives we recommend will also protect your pet and protect your home from other parasites such as fleas, and roundworms.

Talk to your veterinary team at Callbeck Animal Hospital, 905-438-1144 to learn more about preventative heartworm medications that are easy to administer and will help protect your dog from heartworm disease.

Acupuncture

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Acupuncture can be used to help improve or cure problems your pet might have, including those related to the musculoskeletal, reproductive, neurological, or gastrointestinal systems. Acupuncture can also be used to manage pain and hasten recovery after surgery.

Acupuncture, which originated in China, has been used as a therapeutic treatment option for thousands of years. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body is composed of several pathways called “meridians,” along which energy flows. When disease is present, energy is interrupted, or unbalanced. Stimulating acupuncture points along the meridians can restore energy flow, resulting in improved or cured health problems.

Because the needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, they cause minimal or no pain and are generally well tolerated by pets. However, incorrect placement of the needle or inadequate sterilization can result in pain or complications, which is why you should only have a qualified practitioner perform acupuncture on your pet.

To determine if your pet’s condition(s) may be responsive to this treatment modality, please set up an exam with one of our veterinarians.