Welcome to physical examination web page for Main Street Animal Hospital North Vancouver.
General Examination and Consultataion
Every patient comes with a story. In order to understand the story, there should be an excellent communication between the doctor and the pet owner to gather the history in an appropriate depth. There must be a targeted physical examination based on the historical clues. Then order the correct diagnostic tests, and interpret them in the context to the history.So the treatment process starts with the history and thorough physical examination.We always recommended a physical examination for any of the problems with your pets as soon as possible so that the treatment process can be started at its earliest.Please call our vet in North Vancouver ,if any question.
Congratulations on your new kitten! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.
Our kitten wellness program is designed to help get your kitten started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your kitten’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy cat, including information and advice on nutrition, litterbox training, and behavior.
Schedule your kitten for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your kitten has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will make sure your new pet is protected against rabies and panleukopenia (distemper). Depending on your cat’s risk, we may also advise vaccinating him or her against other diseases, such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). In addition, your kitten will need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are common in young cats.
Most kittens have roundworms, which are intestinal worms that can cause coughing, weight loss, and a potbellied appearance in cats (although they may not cause any symptoms). It is important for kittens to be treated for roundworms, not only to help rid them of the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your kitten is properly treated, you can keep your entire family safe.
We look forward to meeting your new kitten! Schedule your appointment at your concenience.
As described above for kittens,an addition of a puppy to your family is always very exciting. Education about veterinary care is very useful for puppy’s onwards health care that is discussed during the first visit and consultation. We recommended a physical examination and consultation for a puppy as soon as you get a new puppy. It involves a health check up, vaccination, deworming for internal and external parasites control, nutrition, plan for spay or neuter etc. Different kind of suitable vaccination information to the owners is provided before the vaccination of the puppy. Deworming a puppy is another important step for his/her well being.
Main Street Animal Hospital offers a progressive new approach to veterinary care. Our Wellness Program embraces a focus on preventative medicine based on the specific life-stage of your pet. Each patient is assessed individually based on factors such as species, breed, age, and environmental challenges. Next we offer recommendations for prevention, nutrition, and diagnostic work-ups appropriate for your pet. Our role is to educate you on those procedures and medications especially beneficial for your pet. This allows us to be more flexible with our recommendations, and gives you more control of your pets' healthcare. The key to Main Street Animal Hospital Wellness Program is an emphasis on the annual health examination. Each year when your pet comes in he or she will receive a comprehensive physical exam and age appropriate ancillary diagnostics (such as blood pressure screening, parasite tests and blood work) to screen for early signs of disease. For participants in the Main Street Animal Hospital Wellness Program, any vaccinations due at the time of the annual exam will be given at current participant rates. Patients with health-related concerns will be recommended more advanced diagnostics when needed. More frequent re-evaluations will most-likely become necessary for those pets with ongoing illnesses. Please contact us for more information or to enroll your pet in the Main Street Animal Hospital Wellness Program.
Pets are living longer thanks to advances in veterinary care, diagnostics, and earlier intervention. But the key to enjoying our "senior" pets lies not only in extending their life span, but in helping them enjoy their later years to the fullest.
Like people, dogs and cats are prone to debilitating ailments as they age. Kidney failure, heart disease, arthritis, dental disease, cancer, and cognitive dysfunction can occur during the normal aging process. In the past, because many diseases weren't diagnosed until advanced stages, veterinarians could do little more than make a pet's golden years a little more comfortable by treating the symptoms of age-related illness. If the pet was lucky, the problems would progress slowly. Most pet owners just accepted the fact that their four-legged friends were just going to live a relatively short life, get old, and pass on.
But thanks to technical advancements in modern veterinary medicine, surgery, diagnostics and nutrition, not only do pets live longer but their quality of life has increased dramatically as well.
One example follows human medicine in the development and use of the new generation of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs help the aches and pains of many senior pets while keeping side effects to a minimum.
Many age related problems are still seen as inevitable, but the attitudes of both veterinarians and pet owners have changed. The belief now is that "age is not a disease", and veterinary medicine is putting increased emphasis on senior pet health through preventative wellness programs.
In general, some early warning signs that your pet may be having a problem are:
- increased thirst and urination
- loss of bladder control or breaking house training
- repeated vomiting
- bad breath, drooling or changes in appetite
- excessive panting or exercise intolerance
- lumps or changes in areas of skin color
- change in appetite - eating more or less than usual
- changes in behavior such as "spacing out" or excessive whining
- unusual bowel habits - diarrhea or constipation
- changes in body weight - gaining or losing weight
Watch pets closely and report any unusual behavioral or physical problems to your veterinarian immediately. Work with your veterinarian and develop a specific senior wellness program for your pet's individual needs so that your special friend can enjoy aging gracefully.