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Overview of Dog Plans
Here are examples of what products and services that can be part of the canine plans or available as add-ons. For the complete plan options available to your pet, please contact the hospital.
Physical Examination: This is the most important part of the health care plan. A physical exam allows the doctor to detect many potential health concerns at an early stage. We also check your dog’s progress with basic training and behavior so that you can keep building that happy relationship with your pet.
Fecal Exam: This test is used to identify the presence of intestinal parasites including "worms" and microscopic “bugs” in your dog’s stool. These worms are commonly found in the environment and can cause a variety of health problems for your dog. They can also be transmitted to people, posing a health risk to your family.
Pet Blood Profile: This blood screening test allows the doctor to perform an internal exam on your dog. If everything is normal we now have a baseline for your dog at this stage in their life, however, things may be starting to change on the inside before symptoms develop on the outside. Early detection of problems will help your pet to live a longer and healthier life. We conduct a Complete Blood Count (CBC) and a Biochemistry panel which checks the kidneys, liver, pancreas, glucose, proteins and electrolytes.
Flea/Heartworm Preventative (1 year supply): The plan can include your pet’s monthly flea and heartworm prevention plus basic deworming.
DA2PP (DA2P or P) Vaccine: This vaccine is given to adult dogs to protect them from 4 serious viral infections. After they receive this vaccine as an adult, it is split into smaller components (DA2P and P) and each is rotated on a 3 year interval. This allows us to give fewer vaccines while still providing adequate protection from these diseases.
Rabies Vaccine: This protects your dog against a serious life threatening disease affecting the brain and nervous system causing changes in behaviour ranging from severe depression to extreme aggression. Protecting your dog helps to protect your household since this disease is transmittable to people.
Leptospirosis: This disease is a serious infection that can initially appear with flu-like symptoms. If not detected early enough the bacterial can damage the liver or kidneys and can be fatal. It is also contagious to people. Free standing or slow moving bodies of water can harbor this bacteria.
Bordetella: This helps protects your dog against the highly contagious upper respiratory disease commonly known as Caning Cough or Kennel Cough. It is airborne and dogs at greatest risk of contracting this disease often visit dog parks, daycares, kennels, training classes or groomers.
Heartworm/Lyme Disease Screening Blood Test: For dogs that have traveled to other provinces or to the States, a screening test for heartworm should be done to make sure their heartworm preventive medication has protected them. This same test also screens for diseases that are spread by ticks. Since ticks are becoming more common in this area, if you have seen a tick attached to your dog, this screening test will check to see if your dog has been exposed to some serious diseases.
Nail Trim (4 feet): We will trim your dog’s nails to help reduce damage by scratching. This will also get your dog used to having their nails trimmed so that you can do it at home.
Ear Cleaning: This is a routine cleaning done by a technician to remove mild to moderate amounts of earwax from the ear canals.
Radiology (2 views): As your dog ages we can perform screening x-rays to check the chest and abdomen for changes in the heart, lungs or abdominal organs. We can also check certain joints in the body for arthritis. (Sedation not included.)
Dental Cleaning: As your dog ages, a dental cleaning will be needed to remove the dental tarter from your dog’s teeth. If this is done regularly, we can reduce the development of periodontal disease and the need for teeth to be extracted. (Extractions not included.)
Urine Test: A urinalysis checks for crystals, infection or cystitis (a painful bladder condition). For dogs that have had these issues in the past we will monitor for any reoccurrence and start treatment sooner
Eye Pressure Test: Measuring the pressure inside the eye is painlessly done as a routine screening test for breeds prone to glaucoma such as Cocker spaniels, Basset hounds, Boston terriers, Cairn terriers and Miniature poodles.
Complete Dewormer: Through the year, dogs may require a complete dewormer which will treat round and tape worms. This would be needed if your dog goes outside where they can pick up roundworm eggs from the soil.
Spay/Neuter: It’s never too late to consider spaying or neutering your dog. This can tame some behaviours making your dog calmer and can prevent or reduce the risk of many health problems i.e. pyometra (uterine infection), mammary (breast) and prostate cancer. After performing your dog’s Adult Pet Blood Profile, included in the Basic Health Care Plan, we determine if they are able to undergo surgery.
Microchip I.D. : Microchipping is a safeguard to ensure your pet has an ID so you can be contacted if your pet is ever found stray. It also allows you to purchase HRM's new lifetime dog license!
Umbilical Hernia (as part of Spay/Neuter): This is a hole in the abdominal muscles that never closed when the umbilical cord dried up and fell off. Abdominal tissue can slide through this hole and appears as a bump on the abdomen. The hernia can get larger with age causing wounds to the stretched skin or trapping vital tissues like the bowels in the hole. This should be repaired at the time of spaying/neutering to prevent skin or organ damage
Dewclaw Removal Loose/Firm (as part of Spay/Neuter): Dogs can be born with extra dewclaws on their hind paws. They can be troublesome since the nail often curls as it grows. If not trimmed regularly they can grow into the toe pad and cause pain and become infected. They can be firm (well attached to a bone) or loose (only attached by skin). The loose ones are at risk or being torn especially if your pet runs in the woods. Surgical removal of these extra dewclaws will prevent these problems from happening.