Our medical services include our in house laboratory for the quick and accurate diagnosis of acute and chronic illness for your pet. Treatment options as well as prescription services are also available.
Please remember that annual examinations are essential for keeping your pet healthy and active.
Laboratory & Pharmacy
Our in house laboratory and technical skills allows us to perform many diagnostic tests right in the clinic including, serum chemistry blood analysis, complete blood counts, thyroid levels, cortisol levels, bile acids, Phenobarbital levels, complete urinanalysis, fecal examinations, cytology, viral screening an recently the addition of progesterone levels.
All tests that cannot be performed in our in-house lab are sent via private courier to IDEXX Laboratories in Markham Ontario, where results are back to us in most cases within 12-24 hours.
Our fully stocked pharmacy provides instant access to the preparation and dispensing of medications, shampoos and supplements required to treat your pets.
Since September 2008, Dr. Robinson is pleased to announce the addition of ultrasonography to the list of diagnostic tools the hospital has to aid in the diagnosis of many conditions. Dr. Robinson successfully completed courses in ultrasound and is planning on refreshing this in the coming months.
Ultrasonography allows for more detailed evaluation of patients internal organs when compared to X-rays.
Ultrasound can be performed on a patient while awake or light sedation after clipping the hair over the spot of interest. This diagnostic tool also allows for organ biopsy, fine needle aspiration of an organ or mass or guided cystocentesis (removal of urine from the bladder aseptically with a needle and syringe).
We can also perform an ultrasound on pregnant females to see and count fetuses at or after 31-32 days of gestation compared to 45 days with a radiograph and be more accurate with counting the litter size.
Radiographs, or x-rays, can be performed on pets just as they are in humans. They are a great diagnostic tool that provides valuable information about animals bones, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, heart, and genitourinary system. They are used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools such as bloodwork or ultrasound to identify the cause of a presenting condition and/or rule out possible problems. Or facility is equipped with all the operator safety equipment and exposure is monitored by the Ministry of Health.
Below are examples of a Radiograph of the pelvis showing the hips of a dog and an x-ray where a golf ball can clearly be seen in the intestinal tract. Sometimes foreign bodies are not that easy to detect and other diagnostic aids need to be used such as a barium swallow or use of BIPS (Barium Impregnated Spheres) to detect a blockage of the intestinal tract.
We are very proud to offer surgery services which are performed right here at our clinic. Routine spays and neuters as well as growth removals, intestinal foreign body removal, cystotomy (opening the urinary bladder) and repair of canine ACL ruptures (Anterior Cruciate Ligament).
A comprehensive physical exam is performed on the patient prior to anesthesia to determine the individual health status. Anesthetics are chosen depending on the patient’s individual needs depending on age and weight.
A pre-anesthetic blood screen is highly recommended in all patients to also verify that the patient does not have a pre-existing organ dysfunction and is healthy enough to withstand an anesthesia and ensure no underlying disease is present. We highly recommend in all patients but make it optional in patients under 7 years old but is mandatory in all animals 7 years and older before going under general anesthesia.
Our doctors and technical staff care for your pet and follow standard sterilization techniques. Every procedure is carefully monitored by a trained technician as well as a multi-parameter monitor which gives us real time information on ECG, pulse, blood oxygen saturation levels, blood pressure and temperature during the procedure. After surgery recovery care is provided, as well as prophylactic medications for infection and pain management therapy. Each owner will leave with at home instructions to help the healing and recovery process.
If your pet is having surgery at our hospital, please have a look at our Pre-Surgery instructions below.
Most surgical procedures require a general anesthesia before the procedure can be performed. Take these few simple steps to minimize the check-in time and the risks to your pet.
- Have a look at the recommended Pre-Anesthetic Profile information. If you have any further questions, we would be happy to discuss them with you. Also at this time consider getting your pet microchipped in order to give them a permanent identification. Placing a microchip while under anesthesia is virtually pain free and is the nicest time to be done for the patient.
- To minimize the check-in procedure please have a look at the Standard Permission Form that you will be signing on check-in day – read it and understand it. If you have any questions or concerns at check-in, we are more than willing to address them at this time.
- Your pet should be Fasted (no food) after 8:00pm on the night before the procedure. Water is ok overnight and even a small amount in the morning is fine.
- Please drop off your pet between 8:30am and 9:15am on the day of the procedure. Special circumstances can be arranged if you are unable to adhere to these times.
- The next day you can pick-up your pet after 9:30am and you will be given home care instructions and information on suture removal and any medications need to be given etc…
Procedures such as routine spays and neuters will spend the night in hospital in order to reduce the possibility of over activity which can lead to incision problems. Procedures such as mass removals, dentistry, and minor procedures generally will be discharged on the same day depending on the case. We will notify you on check-in if your pet will stay the night for observation.
MLS® Laser Therapy
When a physical condition or injury affects your pet’s mobility or quality of life, there is one goal: A rapid return to every-day activities. Our Clinic is proud to be on the medical technological forefront by offering MLS® Laser Therapy. We have invested in the very best technology as a key component of our continuing quest to offer you the finest in health care for your pet!
Laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free alternative for managing pain. MLS® Laser therapy has been cleared by the FDA for use in both the Veterinary and Medical fields. It is proven safe and effective for treating many debilitating pain conditions. And there are no known side-effects!
MLS® Laser Therapy uses specific wavelengths of light that have a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema effect on tissues that are exposed to the laser. Painful conditions accompanied by swelling or inflammation benefit from this technology. Photons of laser energy penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. As a result of exposure to the MLS Laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles repair themselves faster. As inflammation is reduced pain subsides very quickly. In simple terms, laser energy kick-starts the healing process, thereby speeding recovery.
Get your loved one back to pain-free health more quickly with MLS® Laser Therapy!