Immunization and Wellness Care
We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in Wellness programs has rewards for both pets and owners. Our Wellness programs are designed specifically for your pet and include: Comprehensive physical exam; internal parasite testing; heart-worm and flea control; vaccination program; spay and neuter package; and specialized blood tests for all life stages.
Annual exams are key in maintaining the well-being of your pet, because we can identify illnesses and metabolic changes that often may go undetected. Exams become even more important when we are dealing with senior pets. Remembering, one human year is equivalent to approximately 3-7 years in a pet’s life.
Here at Westmount Animal Clinic, we take your pets health very seriously. All patients are carefully screened for safety and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet. Surgical services and facilities include fully equipped surgical suite, fully trained veterinary and technical staff to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet. We provide warming systems for greater comfort of the patients; advanced sterilization techniques and anesthetic monitoring equipment; intensive after surgery care and full blood testing.
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 Westmount Animal Clinic 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.
X-ray images may not always give us a clear enough view of the inside of your pet’s body. Our ultrasound equipment can help to give us additional information.
Animal rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercises combined with additional modalities such as hydrotherapy, low-level light therapy (therapeutic laser), ultrasound, thermotherapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, therapeutic massage, and acupuncture to improve the recovery of patients with both acute and chronic conditions.
Our sister hospital, Springbank Pet Hospital, is fully equipped to offer all the latest rehabilitation therapies for your pet. Click below or contact us today for more information.
Nutrition & Weight Management
Proper food management is an integral part of your pet’s health. Our staff is qualified to assist you in choosing the best diet designed to meet your pet’s specific needs at every stage of life. We believe providing precisely balanced nutrition is an investment in your pet’s good health.
Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's teeth. At the Westmount Animal Clinic we use a modern and safe ultrasonic scaler to clean each tooth thoroughly - above and below the gum line. Our trained dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. A fluoride treatment is then applied to the teeth to help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.
Westmount Animal Clinic is also able to provide Digital Dental Radiology. Many conditions can be missed without dental X- rays. High resolution Digital Dental Radiographs show the tooth pulp, roots, crown and surrounding bone of each tooth with dramatic clarity. This information helps our doctors uncover hidden conditions such as tooth abscesses, cavities, resorptive lesions and fractures which can cause pain in your pet. Often the owner is not aware of the problem since most animals will continue to eat.
Our sister clinic, West Springs Vet offers laser surgery as an alternative option for the best care. Ask us for details or click below for more information!
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.
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.
Quality of Life Consultation
At Westmount Animal Clinic 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.