Medical Services

  • Dentistry
  • Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets, with more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats showing signs of the disease by the age of 3.

    Common signs of dental disease include:

    • Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
    • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
    • Bad breath
    • Excessive drooling
    • Changes in eating or chewing habits
    • Pawing at the face
    • Loose teeth
    • Depression

    Even if your furry little one doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate in the mouth, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.

    Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body. Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.

    Contact us to schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.

  • Radiology
  • X-rays provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). We use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to help identify the reason for your pet’s clinical signs, rule out possible issues, or provide a list of potential causes. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian, and sometimes further imaging techniques are needed for a better idea of what’s going on inside of your pet.

    Neighbourhood pet Clinic offers digital radiology (x-rays that are captured digitally rather than on film) to provide us with a faster diagnosis for your furry family member. To avoid a blurry image, pets need to remain completely still while an x-ray is taken, so we may need to use sedation or a short-acting general anesthesia on your furry little one.

    If you have any questions about your pet’s upcoming radiology procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Dermatology
  • Skin problems are common in dogs and cats and can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas and mites. These issues can be difficult to treat and should be addressed promptly for the health and comfort of your furry family member.

    We can often diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions do require additional diagnostic procedures to ensure a correct diagnosis. Depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may run blood tests or perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies, or recommend a diet trial.

    Some causes of itchiness in your furry little one, such as a flea infestation, can also affect your home and your family. Contact us if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if they develop any bare patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.

  • Tonometry (Vision)
  • It is crucial for your pet’s vision that we detect and treat glaucoma and other problems with intraocular pressure (pressure within the eye) as quickly as possible. We can test your furry little one’s eyes for excess pressure using a tonometer, which is an instrument that does not cause your pet any discomfort and does not require sedation.

    If not treated immediately (within hours to days), glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss or even blindness. Furry family members that have suffered eye injuries should have this test performed. And for certain breeds that are prone to developing glaucoma, we recommend visiting us for regular measurements so we can monitor eye pressure and begin treatment before any problem becomes irreversible. Please contact us to discuss whether your pet may be at a higher risk for glaucoma.

    Contact us right away if you notice anything abnormal with your furry little one’s eyes such as:

    • Dilated (enlarged) pupils
    • Clouding of the cornea (the normally clear outer layer of the eye)
    • Red or bloodshot eyes
    • One eye protruding or appearing larger than the other
    • Squinting or tearing
    • Glaucoma is painful so your pet may react by rubbing or pawing at their eyes or rubbing their head against the floor or furniture more than normal

    Contact us to book an appointment with a veterinarian if your pet is exhibiting any of the above signs or if you would like more information on tonometry testing.